Once in a Lifetime - Overview

Once in a Lifetime

Author: Suzanne Mattaboni
Genre: Fiction - Womens
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Date Published: March 24, 2022
ISBN-10: 1956851089
ISBN-13: 978-1956851083


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About :   Once in a Lifetime

Coming -of-age women's fiction set in the 1980s against a backdrop of new wave music and art

In 1984, punk is rampant. Andy Warhol rules. And 20-year-old art student Jessica is sick of all the excitement going on without her. Hungry for the life she?s convinced is just beyond her fingertips, she sets her sights on an avant-garde study abroad program in London she can?t afford. Meanwhile, hometown boyfriend Drew wants to see other people if he?s not exciting enough to keep her stateside.

Jess and her buddies rent a beat-up apartment, trolling new wave clubs and waitressing double shifts in a cool restaurant town to scrounge-up tuition money. Then Jess meets Whit, a steamy daredevil of a guitarist who crawls through her window and makes her head spin like a record. The girls battle cheating waiters, mystics, a military drag queen, a Svengali bouncer, and the specter of AIDS. Before long, Jess has to decide if the men in her life will leave her as damaged as her cracked-glass mosaic art projects?and whether they?ll stand in the way of her dream semester in post-punk London.

Sweetbitter meets Bridget Jones in a John Hughes movie, Once in a Lifetime plays against a vibrant 1980s background of everything from slam dancers and rubber jelly shoes to social anarchy and AIDS. It's girl-power, coming-of-age women's fiction that explores the first generation of women who were told they could Have It All--and what happened when they tried to get it.

About Suzanne Mattaboni

Suzanne Mattaboni is a Pushcart-nominated fiction writer, blogger, essayist, corporate PR consultant, and a member of the Newsweek Expert Forum. A former community service reporter for Newsday, her work has been published in Seventeen, The Huffington Post, Mysterious Ways, Guideposts.com, 50 Word Stories, Dark Dossier, Motherwell, Turtle, The Best of LA Parent, & SixWordMemoirs.com. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in anthologies including ?Chicken Soup for the Soul ? Miraculous Messages from Heaven,? ?Pizza Parties and Poltergeist,? ?Little Demon Digest,? ?Running Wild Anthology of Stories,? ?What?s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Relationship Like This?? and ?2017 Stories Through the Ages.? She was the editor of the Writes of Passage GLVWG 2021 anthology. One of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was recently named a "Woman of Influence" by Lehigh Valley Business magazine.

Visit www.onceinalifetime.com for more information on Suzanne Mattaboni


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