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Barry G. Campbell

It's 1936. Allentown, PA. After being deserted by her mother, fourteen-year-old Jesse Mae Maundy lives with her abusive father.

Jesse dreams of running away to New York to become a Ziegfeld Follies Girl and lies about her age to get a job at a drugstore with her best friend Alice, so she can save enough money to escape her father.

She hears about a burlesque show at a nightclub in Easton, NJ and thinks this could be her ticket to eventually getting to New York. And as the abuse at home gets worse, she finally packs a small suitcase, and runs away.

Arriving at the nightclub, she becomes a stripper, and finds the mafia runs it.

Eventually she is sent by the mafia to Redding, PA to work in a brothel. After getting pregnant, she is beaten so badly she loses the baby.

Bleeding to death, she is rescued by Joe, another mafia capo, who takes her to a hospital to heal.

Pulled into the fringes of the mafia underworld, Jesse is a tragic, but eventually uplifting story of forbidden, but enduring love.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Barry G. Campbell
  • Publish Date: Apr 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.13in - 1.40lb
  • EAN: 9798894124711
  • Categories: Historical - General