A Penny A Kiss: Memoir of a Minnesota Girl in the Forties and Fifties (Paperback)
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A young southern family moves from the hills of small-town West Virginia to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1939 and enters a new social stratum. After struggling to fit into a private girl’s high school, the daughter attends a western college, where she suffers staggering defeat and enters a relationship that sets her on a singular path. Striving to carve out her identity within the rigid moral codes of the conventional Forties and Fifties, she defiantly pushes the front edge of the emerging hippy protest movements. The demands of academia, isolation, and personal relationships teach her that there’s a price to pay for freedom.
About the Author
Judy McConnell was born in Charleston, West Virginia. As a young child, she moved with her family to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she grew up. During her life she dabbled in poetry and short stories, but it wasn't until after marriage, children, and a career in education and training that she took up creative writing full time. Her first book, a memoir, took four years to write. She has recently completed a sequel memoir.