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women in the 1950s

Bawdy Shadows, Gaudy Pulp

It’s 1953 in a Thriftway grocery store and a housewife stands in line. Her feet hurt and her three-year-old boy wants out of the cart and into her arms, his hands waving and his face crumpling and turning red. She might be smoking a cigarette to pass the time, to …

Oh, Our Wonderful Past

       I’m writing a character who has everything to lose by loving a woman. The novel is Under the Pale Moon. The woman’s name is Irene Dodd. It’s 1947. The beginning of the cult of domesticity, of marriage and children and a white-picket fence. Demoted from managing a shoe department in …