Sunday, May 22, 2016

Featured Book: My Townie Heart by Diana Sperrazza

Laura DiStefano is torn between dreams of a new counter-cultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.

Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s.

Reluctantly, Laura returns to live back home with her parents and sister in the blue collar town she so hoped to escape. But she soon learns that her sister, a fierce survivor of a childhood attack who has rather foolishly gotten pregnant, needs Laura’s help when she unexpectedly falls for a local guy.

Even though the school offers to reinstate Laura’s scholarship, leaving home again suddenly gets harder. As the conflicts in her threaten to drag her under, Laura becomes agoraphobic. How can she reconcile her divided loyalties and find her genuine life?

About the author:

Emmy-award winning journalist Diana Sperrazza was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in West Springfield, Massachusetts. She was the eldest daughter in an alcoholic family. In and out of college for many years, she waitressed, cleaned houses and made various forays into the counterculture until she moved to New Mexico and discovered journalism.

She settled in Washington, D.C. where she spent nearly thirty years working in television news and production. She currently lives in New York City and work as a senior executive producer for the crime channel Investigation Discovery. She is also grateful member of St. Marks in the Bowery, an Episcopal church in the East Village.

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