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Riding with the Queen Paperback – 7 Oct 2003
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About the Author
Jennie Shortridge lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and juggles her time between writing novels and working in the community to foster literacy.
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Tallie's mother, a manic depressive woman who made her daughter's life unbearable is still in Denver waiting for her daughter to come home to her open arms. Tallie's sister Jane is not willing to receive Tallie in her home much less open her heart to her after so many years gone without a single word, without a visit.
Tallie's agent has nothing to offer her and Tallie's ex husband and musician Jedd is no longer in her life and has nothing real for her to hang on to except for the same old lines and his same old selfishness.
Only Tallie's ghost, Big Gal Sal is by her side no matter what since she was very small and had to use defense mechanisms to stay sane among her mother's crazy behavior.
After 17 years of living on the road Tallie has no choice but to hit the road and go back to Denver for a job at a piano bar. She's little more than a down-and-out singer who smokes and drinks too much and knows better than to make promises she can't keep.
This is her journey home, her journey into self discovery and acceptance, and also her journey into love and what it may hold for her.
A fantastically woven story of real people and real issues. I finished it in less than a week and I feel I shouldn't start on my next book just yet because nothing will top this one in a long while.
After being on the run from her family for 17 years, Tallie Beck has no funds and she has no where else to go but back into her mother's home. Now a thirtysomething woman, Tallie resents and fears her mother due to her unpredictable mania throughout her childhood. Thinking that her mother was overly dramatic, when in fact, her mother was improperly diagnosed and treated for depression during her childhood, when in fact she had bipolar disorder. The story line is very plausible with Tallie looking from one person to the next to rescue her. Finally, she is confronted by reality through various scenarios involving her family and others; Tallie becomes aware of her own flaws and the emotional destruction her actions wreak on others. Tallie slowly matures and finally realizes that we must make a choice to move beyond the past to live in the present.
What I enjoyed the most is that Ms. Shortridge tells a good story and skillfully weaves life lessons into the plot. So many books these days only tell a titillating tale but lack any other value. This story includes a messages of value: hope; compassion; understanding; and unselfishness. These qualities guide several key characters into a better relationships.
This author states she had a musical career, which guided her writing but I suspect there were other influences from the past that turned this book into one you want to finish.
Great first effort, I would definitely read any future stories.