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New Novel Based on a Twin Cities Woman’s Role in the Feminist Movement of the 1960s and 1970s Debuts

Posted on Thu, Jan 11 2018 5:12 pm by Rachel M. Anderson

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Many say the Women’s March on Washington last January marked the rebirth of “the women’s movement.” Judy McConnell of St. Louis Park, Minn., has been involved in the women’s rights movement since the 1960s. In her debut novel, "Dreamhouse," she writes about events she personally experienced in the 1950s and 60s as seen through the eyes of Radley Gallagher, a young mother caught up in the challenges of raising two young children. “The story is about how that cultural phenomenon impacted this conventional young family in Deephaven, MN. In some ways, the story parallels my life. I lived in that house in Deephaven,” says McConnell, who goes on to describe "Dreamhouse" as a stark portrayal of the soul-searching dilemma facing a young wife and mother as she confronts head-on the revolutionary changes of the early seventies.

The first public event for the recently released novel takes place on Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Walker Library, located at 2880 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. McConnell will do a reading, and also discuss her writing process, how the novel was created, and the experience of being a Minnesota author.

McConnell also has appearances scheduled on the following dates, times and locations:  Wed., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave. S., St. PauL, Wed., Mar. 7, 7 p.m., Subtext Bookstore, 6 5th St. W., St. Paul, Sat., Mar. 24, Rosemount Writers Festival, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at all of the events. For more information, go to the author’s website, www.agreatbook.net.