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Standing at the Edge of the Pool
Cathy Fiorello takes us back in time, telling her story in the framework of historic events. Her characters live valiantly in threatening times: the hardship of life in Brooklyn during the Great Depression; the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the stress of the war that followed it; the aftermath of 9/11, which ushered in an America that would never again be the safe world she grew up in. Along the way, we celebrate her successes as she reaches for a life beyond the boundaries for a woman of her time. We are with her as she defies the constraints of ageism, pulls up roots in her seventies and jump-starts her life in the laissez-faire culture of San Francisco. When we last met Cathy, she is still asking, "What's next?" This is a coming-of-age story for readers of all ages.