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America's Lottery Promise  
June 6, 2014
Author:  Mary Ellen Donat
Category:  Non-fiction: General/Other
Description:  America's Lottery Promise is a novel of friendship, love, and hope.

In the sweltering summer of 1967, an old man lies decomposing under yellowing newspapers on his living room sofa. His wife is found holding a pathetic vigil beside him. The question over fences and coffee cups in their Midwestern town is, "Sure, the couple was odd, but what would possess that old woman to do such a crazy thing?"

The story begins during the couple's adolescence in 1911 and revolves around America Corydon, an egocentric descendent of Irish immigrants, and her affable cousin, Asher Kelley. America 's closest friends, Kay and Esther, differ in social and ethnic backgrounds, but share her feminist philosophies and disdain for the status quo. Though the women's friendship is tested by the cousins' scandalous marriage, together they face challenges of misogyny and inequality.
It's a story of unconventional love, injustice, sorrow, and enduring friendships over the course of five decades, shaping a strong-willed child into the adult who would consider her increasingly odd behavior perfectly rational, including her decision to safeguard her dead husband in the sanctuary of their tiny home. Each chapter draws heavily on local and world events. America 's Lottery Promise, exposes prejudices and values that contribute in layers to culminate in the couple's final chapter.

Rights available:  All
Contact:  Gloria Koehler
Parkeast Literary Agency
parkeastlit2@bellsouth.net
Item number:  9510
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