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When Lenore de Quincy’s father gives her the key to a bank box containing a fortune in cash and then dies, she realizes she is no longer under constraints to remain unhappily married. She abandons her husband, taking her daughter, Angela, with her from a provincial town in western Pennsylvania to the bright lights of Manhattan.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME is a novel inspired by true stories set against a background of the First World War, The Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. It centers around two well-to-do families joined by an arranged marriage. The action is seen through Angela’s eyes as she struggles with the effects on her life of her parents’ divorce, a thing viewed in the 1920’s as scandalous and tragic. Her travels between her mother’s home in New York City and her father’s nurturing family in a small coal-belt town near Pittsburgh provide humorous and nostalgic anecdotes about growing up in the America of that era. Read more

About the Authors

Mary Ellen Stelling was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1915 and lived in New York, Florida, North Carolina and Texas before settling in 1946 in Atlanta. For five years a feature columnist on the Women’s Page of the Atlanta CONSTITUTION, she was a member of the Georgia Poetry Society and the Poetry Society of Texas. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, her work appeared in poetry journals in almost every state of the Union, and most newspapers of the time which featured verse published her poems. Read more

Excerpt from the Book

Everyone said she was a headstrong girl and that when she grew older she would have a temper to inspire awe. It wasn’t that she had tantrums as a child—her father would not permit that...Read more

Paperback
$18.95 / Perfectbound
ISBN: 9781608449163
352 pages

Hardcover
$24.95 / Hardcover (DJ)
ISBN: 9781608448005
352 pages

$9.99 / e-Book
ISBN: 9781608449842

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