New novel by K. Lee Washington echoes identity of Cape May, NJ

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‘Joe’s Tap’ reveals lives, histories of patrons, their beloved city

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In “Joe’s Tap: The Story of Maurine and Tales of the Other Cape May” (published by iUniverse), author K. Lee Washington pulls up a stool for readers and entertains them with his new novel, which centers around the lives of the colorful patrons of a local bar.

Set in Washington’s hometown of Cape May, N.J., “Joe’s Tap” recreates the Jersey Shore of the 1950s and ‘60s for readers in this coming-of-age story.

Above Joe’s Tap, a racially integrated bar owned by Joe and Mary, lives Maurine “Little Mo” Finch and her father, Mo. As she grows up, Maurine struggles with her own racial identity and learns to be comfortable in her own skin. With the support of Mary and Ella, her best friend, Maurine finds that love may be hiding where she least expects it.

“Joe’s Tap” touches on themes of identity, love and acceptance, played out between a well-crafted cast of characters. Through his book, Washington hopes readers will see Cape May in a new light and be able to identify with Maurine’s courage and resolve.

“I want folks to understand that Cape May was not always an exclusive Victorian vacation haven,” writes Washington. “Real people lived there, in less than ostentatious imagery with demanding day-to-day problems.”

“Joe’s Tap”
By K. Lee Washington
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781475951288
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781475951271
E-Book | 176 pages | ISBN 9781475951295
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
K. Lee Washington grew up in West Cape May, N.J. He received a journalism degree from the University of Kansas with a minor in history. After many years in sales and business, he retired from a career in the local school system and continued writing. He has previously published “A Jewel Amid the Yellow Dust K.O.R.E.A.”

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