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By Patricia Herlevi
Olympia, Washington—1992, Japanese exchange student Lucy Yakamoto discovers riot girls, do-it-yourself pop music and sexual liberation. Her traditional parents expect her to return to Tokyo, marry a nice man and join her father’s consulting firm, but the college graduate has other plans. She finds herself falling for Belinda Chance, a notorious lesbian and leader of the riot girl scene in Olympia.
Lucy fears dishonoring her family so she pursues the legendary Latino Carlos Suave. After engaging in phone booth sex she moves in with him. But the lure of alternative pop and too many encounters with Belinda cause her life to spin out of control. Meanwhile, Lucy’s best pal, Natalie Dante secretly pursues Carlos, bands break up and fortunes change, leaving Lucy with a choice of marrying her Latino lover or pursuing a playful love affair with a riot girl. And it’s entirely possible that she will choose true liberation in the form of a blue Telecaster guitar and Japanese pop.
"Go, Lucy" was inspired by 1990s alternative pop, Truman Capote’s “ Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the movie, The Graduate.
Patricia Herlevi is also is the author of "Agnes et Yves,” a story about a woman's plans to pursue a Spanish Don Juan becoming derailed by a transportation strike and a French painter.
Patricia Herlevi can be found on Twitter. "Go Lucy" is also available for Kindle.
"Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction"
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
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