With that first line on the jacket cover, author Laura Golden has skillfully hooked her readers and drawn them into her depression-era novel titled, Every Day After. In this debut novel, set in Bittersweet, Ala. in the early 1930s, 12-year-old Lizzie Hawkins has more than her share of problems. First of all, her beloved father left the family to find work, and Lizzie’s mother is emotionally devastated and paralyzed by her fear and grief at his abandonment.
Still motivated by her absent father’s expectations, a feisty and determined Lizzie struggles to pick up the pieces, and maintain her academic excellence amidst seemingly insurmountable odds. You have to root for Lizzie, as she takes on the added responsibilities of a new job and the overdue mortgage payment, her mother’s sewing and home management obligations, along with the normal schoolwork.
Add to this mix, the normal angst of the middle school years, the seeming betrayal by her best friend, the bullying by her worst enemy, and the prying of nosey neighbors, and you know that Lizzie’s got her hands full. In the midst of all this, the author portrays Lizzie’s character, with her frailties and her shortcomings, as she struggles with who she is and what is truly important in life.
Author Laura Golden of Pell City is a stay-at-home mom to two children. This historical fiction debut novel is based on true family stories shared with her by her grandmother, Nelda Posey Perry, about life in the South during the Great Depression.
You can meet Golden, Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Pell City Library as she shares from her new book, Every Day After, published by Delacorte Books, a division of Random House Publishing.
“She’ll answer questions from the audience, and we might convince her to share a favorite passage, if we ask her just right,” said Susan Mann, assistant librarian. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and light refreshments will be served afterward.