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Nancy Scott’s “So Long, Little Egypt” collects stories into a memoir-style narrative

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In her new book “So Long, Little Egypt: A Novel Told in Stories” (published by iUniverse), author Nancy Scott combines 12 short stories into a single compelling narrative to explore one woman’s life and her search for identity.

Though outwardly successful, young Anne Christie’s family is deeply troubled – Anne most of all. Growing up in the late 1950s, Anne believes her mother hates her. She seeks love and approval in the arms of the many men who pursue her, before moving to New York to pursue a modeling career.

When Anne marries up-and-coming jazz musician Billy Kane in the early ‘60s, her own life is overshadowed by her husband’s meteoric career. Anne and Billy move to idyllic suburbs with their young children, but when Anne discovers Billy is cheating on her, the marriage flounders. A turning point is reached in 1963, when:

“ the assassination spoiled the move, our lives, and our happiness. Billy drank and I cried for three days. Friends came and went, slept and ate, eyes glued to the television. One couple up and left for Texas, while another spoke of plots involving UFOs. Mother called to say that the president had been killed because of his religion…It was the end of the world. Did we eat Thanksgiving dinner that year? I never can remember. All I know is that we came to this fairy-tale place on the day Camelot came to an end.”

Scott notes “So Long, Little Egypt’s” timeliness, saying “… women’s stories are at the very heart of massive changes now taking place in our culture.” The author explores these changes through the prism of one woman’s life, conveying her readers to the oft-hidden world of painful familial interactions, especially the treacherous wilderness between mothers and daughters.

About the Author
Nancy Scott was born in southern Illinois, and attended Northwestern University as a drama student. She has been writing, publishing and giving readings of her poetry for many years. She resides in Virginia with her husband, Scott, and a cat, Goldie. “So Long, Little Egypt” is her first novel.

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