For Immediate Release
New Novel Is
“Authentic, Inspiring Feminist Coming-of-Age Story”
Known for his heartwarming portrayals of ordinary people, award-winning author David R. Yale has written a new novel about a working class teenager who becomes a world class singer.
Becoming JiJi is set in a 1970s blue-collar neighborhood in North Minneapolis that discourages women’s dreams. Jill Frisk, 18-year-old daughter of a violent father and shattered mother, has no plans, no hope. A straight-A high school graduate, Jill reads advanced chemistry books as a hobby. Yet her father won’t allow her to go to college.
But Joe Stern, the new recreation director, helps Jill found a teen council that empowers her and her peer group. He encourages Jill to rise above her depression, discovers she has a world-class singing voice, and gets her vocal training.
Jill falls in love with Joe, but she’s too shy to tell him before he suddenly leaves town. Will new, improved Jill have the guts to pursue him, woo him, help him overcome his secret past, win his hand — and become a successful musician?
“Becoming JiJi is an antidote to America’s current wave of dystopian fear, confusion, and hopelessness. It’s a great story about “ordinary” blue-collar Americans changing themselves from defeated cynics to high achievers,” Yale says.
“And it weaves major social issues, like the impact of domestic violence, gender stereotypes, and sexual harassment on both women and men, into a heart-warming story.”
Yale has had fiction published in Midstream and Response. His book, HomesPun Humor, was a finalist in both the 2014 Indie Excellence® and USA Best Book Awards. He has done readings at Union College, Claremont College, The Mendota (Minnesota) Jazz Emporium, and UCLA. In the 1970s Yale was the recreation director at Shingle Creek and BohannonParks in North Minneapolis.
Becoming JiJi, distributed by Ingram, is available in paperback (ISBN 978-0-9791766-2-3) 288 pages, 6.14” x 9.21” or as an eBook (ISBN 978-0-9791766-8-5) from major online booksellers world-wide. Publication date is November 16, 2017.
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