Readers will be charmed by the protagonist, a girl named after Saint Barbara who can’t shed her father’s insistence on calling her Bob. From the time we meet characters named Betty, Dot and Agnes, we know we have traveled to the fifties and sixties.
The Bronx streets of her working class family remain beloved by Barbara even after she manages the extraordinary feat of escaping a mundane existence and belatedly discovering the death of her young mother, while dealing with a father who coerces her into keeping a family secret.
Barbara’s intelligence and persistence will take her on a journey far from these humble origins. You will find yourself cheering for her as she strolls the Champs-Élysées in her jade green TWA uniform and dines with a French beau at the romantic Le Coupe Choux.
-- Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author of: In the Unlikeliest of Places
“A compelling account of how a young woman, confronted with the unexplained loss of her mother, relies on her own inner resources and determination to not only discover the family secret of who her mother was but, in the process, discovers her own self and her own unacknowledged potential.”—Peter H. Kudler, M.D, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center
Donsky’s coming-of-age memoir is a vivid portrait of a remarkable life. It is a deft rendering that begins by inhabiting the shadows of a childhood lost, later illustrating a person becoming slowly visible to herself. The images and sounds of her New York neighborhoods—as well as the perfume-scented rues in the Paris she discovers as a young woman—are defining brushstrokes to complement and frame this remarkable story.
--Rita M Gardner, award-winning author of Coconut Latitudes