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Isolde in Cleveland
Mar. 31, 2018
Mary Kay Wulf
Fiction: Debut
Fourteen-year-old Gwen is a good Catholic girl living in a small town in Ohio. It's 1964. She knows that unmarried women don’t have children, so she's is shocked to find herself in 'the family way' after a summer of giddy first romance and sexual exploration with Paul, the Jewish son of her divorced next-door neighbor. She is sent away to a Catholic maternity home in Cleveland where she will wait out the pregnancy and then give up the baby for adoption. Homesick and heartsick, Gwen is allowed on weekends to visit her wealthy great-aunt Ethel, who introduces her to a world of sophistication and opportunity, of opera, literature, art and travel. As her worldview broadens, Gwen is emboldened to question the life and plans her parents and the church have prescribed for her. Both humorous and tragic, Isolde in Cleveland explores the rapture and woe in a young girl’s most private, significant moments at a time when tradition is crumbling and social mores are rapidly changing.
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Mary Kay Wulf holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University LA, as well as an MFA in classical acting from The Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego. Her theatrical credits range from Shakespeare to The Bold and the Beautiful. She earned a BA in Musicology at The University of Hawaii. Her stories and essays has been published in the following online journals: Lunch Ticket, Annotation Nation, Drunk Monkeys, The Piedmont Journal of Poetry and Fiction, and 34th Parallel. She is currently a guest lecturer at Antioch. Originally from Ohio, Mary Kay lives and writes in Los Angeles.
Laura Strachan
Strachan Literary Agency
Annapolis, MD 21404
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