I have several five star reviews on Amazon, including this one:
This is really a timeless theme that Ms. Corday develops in an intriguing manner. She pulls the reader in immediately and it is difficult to pull oneself away. Ms. Corday also reminds those of us who were born and raised in rural areas of the multitude of times we had to create our own entertainment. In addition, she helps to bring back memories of TV shows of a bygone era (Lost in Space and Man from U.N.C.L.E), popular games of the time (including Candy Land), music (Make the World Go Away) and entertainers (including Liz Taylor and Phyllis Diller). The author shows a knowledge of living in a rural area by describing the continuous work cycle one needs to make a living while emphasizing one of the ravages, namely alcoholism. This is a work well written and well worth reading. I look forward to her next work.
A former Redfield resident has a new independent novel that tackles the youth problems of bullying, peer pressure, parent trouble and classroom rivalries.
Arlie Corday, who lives now in Charlton, Mass, has written “Cinderella Shoots the Moon” as a way to tackle issues students face as another school year begins. Her book is aimed at teens, young adults and anyone dealing with the challenges of growing up in difficult circumstances. It especially gives voice to those from often forgotten rural areas.
This coming-of-age story focuses on teen misfit, Tara Harris, who finds there is more to life than popularity and fashion after her family moves to rural New York.
After her parents fall into depression and alcoholism, Tara finds much needed support from a mysterious older woman who tells her own story of growing up in a time with few options.
But when Tara learns her best friend, Abbie Sullivan, is in more trouble than she ever dreamed possible as the victim of abuse, the girls decide to “shoot the moon” or run away in the night.
Dubbing themselves the “Cinderella Girls,” Tara and Abbie use their wits and will to survive. Out on their own, they become nannies, con artists, self-educated scholars and gang members. But then tragedy strikes, threatening to end their flight to freedom.
“Cinderella Shoots the Moon” reflects the all-too-common struggles of families like the fictional Harrises and Sullivans. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in four rural residents grows up poor.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates one in five girls and one in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. In addition, one in five adult Americans has lived with an alcoholic relative while growing up, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
“The world seems determined at times to destroy its young,” Corday said. “I hope teenagers, parents, teachers and others will find a few insights about how to ease these burdens that often seem too much to bear.”
“Cinderella Shoots the Moon” is available on Amazon.com as a paperback or e-book. Arlie Corday can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.