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"Let Jeanne's Story Inspire you to Crash that Glass Ceiling."
"A Powerful Story of Grit and Self-fulfillment."
"Historical fiction must-read for all women."
When polio steals Jeanne's mobility as a toddler in 1928, her family assumes the girl is bound for an uneventful life unable to leave the comfort and safety of her small town in Pennsylvania. They didn't realize they were up against the force of Jeanne's unwavering grit and formidable spirit.
Based on the true life of Jeanne Gildea, "A Long Way From Blair Street" follows the wondrous life of a disabled woman who undergoes a radical surgery, faces the odds, moves to Washington D.C., and triumphs despite her limitations. Decades before female empowerment became the movement we know today, Jeanne navigates difficulties—both small discomforts and more tectonic disruptions—of working in a male-dominated industry. She's content—mostly—but also longs for the love and passion she sees in the movie posters she collected as a young woman.
This biographical novel explores themes of family dynamics and expectations, self-fulfillment, and the will to overcome. Through the lens of twentieth century America, "A Long Way From Blair Street" is a coming-of-age story whose central lesson is acceptance and the power of never giving up.
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About the Author
Jennifer Craven's favorite genre is historical fiction, where past lives and time periods come alive through rich storytelling and powerful characters. She loves a good psychological thriller here and there, too, when she's not weaving narratives about long-forgotten times. She works as a copywriter and essayist, and has work features in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Her View From Home, Motherly, and many more. Jennifer also works as an instructor of fashion merchandising at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three young children.