Wally Baker is no ordinary
girl. Living in her grandparents’ Brooklyn Heights brownstone, she doesn’t like
dresses, needlepoint, or manners. Her love of Wonder Woman comics
and ants makes her feel like a misfit—especially in the shadow of her dazzling
but unstable mother, Stella.
Acclaimed author Elizabeth
Gaffney’s irresistible novel captures postwar Brooklyn through Wally’s eyes,
opening on V-J day, as she grows up with the rest of America. Reeling from her
own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught
landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world—its
sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds
hope and strength in the unlikeliest places.
With an unforgettable cast of
characters, including the increasingly distant and distracted Stella; Loretta,
the family’s black maid and Wally’s second mother; Ham, Loretta’s son, who
shares Wally’s enthusiasm for ants and exploration; Rudy, Wally’s father, a naval
officer, away serving in the Pacific; and Mr. Niederman, the family’s boarder,
who never seems to answer Wally’s questions—and who she suspects may have
something to hide—Elizabeth Gaffney crafts an immersive, beautifully realized
novel about the truths that divide and the love that keeps us together. Download and start listening now!