Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud + #Giveaway

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Series Title COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)
Genre Noir, Historical Mystery, Literary
Publisher She Writes Press
Release dates:   June 23, 2020
Content Rating:
PG-13 + M. The book includes: the F-word 7 times, the word "g--dammit" 4 times, and one violent fight in the beginning.

Book Description:

Jane’s a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off.

Not my fault, she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy. Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar.

Jane’s got to find Daddy before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants. It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.

I'm really pleased to have been given this opportunity to read Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud. I enjoy historical fiction, but, other than Steinbeck of course, I haven't read many stories set in Depression-era California. Copy Boy starts out with tense, violent scenes that vividly illustrated the poverty and desperation from which Jane must escape in order to 'do something' as her mother is confident she will. Momma is a wonderfully complex character - one of my favourites in this book. Mostly in spite of her wayward husband, she has managed to survive and raise her children in a series of jerry-built tents and slum shacks. Blanton-Stroud describes camps such as Tumbleweed in convincing detail. I was reminded more of Indian slums than of affluent America.

Jane herself didn't always capture my imagination as powerfully as the people around her which was a shame. However, her predicament of having to take on a male persona in order to get even the most basic employment, as a newspaper copy boy, obviously, allowed readers a good insight into this male dominated world through female eyes. Details such as Jane-as-Benny comparing her new boy treatment with the continuous abuse women staff endured was certainly eye-opening. Jane's journalistic ambitions drive the narrative in unexpected directions which kept me intrigued throughout the book. Copy Boy is a compelling historical mystery and I look forward to reading Blanton-Stroud's future work.

Meet the Author:

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state sons.

Connect with the author:   website  ~  twitter  facebook  ~ instagram ~ bookbub

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reading Copy Boy, and for your openness to this prickly, difficult protagonist:)