A Young Girl Unravels Her Family’s Deep Dark Little Secrets

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Author weaves an absorbing fiction that follows a young girl’s journey through life

A heartwarming and stirring tale of Joanna Webster, a lonely, curious, and spirited young girl, awaits readers as author Joanne Greene weaves the fascinating Calico Jam. As everyone follows Joanna in her quest for acceptance, understanding, and love, she discovers that behind her old, established, and successful family lie dark little secrets, sorrows, and regrets that claim the energies of their obsolete generation.
Joanna was born during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, when children were tolerated but not taken very seriously. Her journal became her companion and source of comfort. She first came to spend her summers with Nammy at her farm Edgecomb when she was eleven years old. In the midst of her family’s aloofness, she finds refuge and sanctuary in a grandmother she fondly calls “Nammy.”
Joanna tries to understand her part in a family tragedy that is destroying her mother and alienating her father. She turns to Nammy, self-exiled from her family, who lives at her remote farm, Edgecomb, in upstate New York, with her second husband and child. Haunted by the memories of her lost brother, Joanna becomes fixed on her grandmother’s young handicapped son. Finally, at her most vulnerable, Joanna finds an unexpected tutor in Alonzo, the remarkable husband of her grandmother, whose wisdom and humor pull her back to a safer place.
Calico Jam is the unforgettable story of a young girl’s odyssey in life. She grows up, still trying to understand and still trying to go back to where she was welcomed and sheltered. Joanna: wise and foolish, happy and sad, curious and afraid, continues on.
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About the Author
Joanne Greene was born during the Great Depression to very young parents. When she grew into adulthood, she went into the business world for practical reasons, putting aside her childhood dreams of becoming a writer. At age twenty-one, she married and temporarily retired from the business world to raise a family. After her husband succumbed to cancer at the age of forty-five, she was left alone to care for nine children. After the money ran out, she started attending college and returned to the workforce. They survived on a modest salary and survivor’s benefits. Now that her children have grown and she has remarried, she has begun to write essays and poetry for a local alternative paper, which is published in the New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts area while she and her new husband maintain a Bed-and-Breakfast in upstate New York. Since retirement, the couple moved to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where she continues to write.

Calico Jam * by Joanne Greene
Publication Date: March 8, 2005
Trade Paperback; $17.84; 175 pages; 978-1-4134-7607-1
Trade Hardback; $27.89; 175 pages; 978-1-4134-7608-8

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