If They Ask Me, I Could Write A Book by Judi McMahon

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IF THEY ASKED ME I COULD WRITE A BOOK is a novelized memoir that covers many topics of concern to most of us, including adoption, alcoholism and Alzheimer’s. It tells the story of three young women growing up in the 60s and how they overcome any obstacles set before them. In the main it tells the story of Annie Rosenberg Ryan, a vulnerable young girl who grows up in a dysfunctional Jewish family in Brooklyn, a borough of New York who not finding it at home, spends half a life time searching for love and security. Too often she goes to the wrong well. Annie, like her friends, comes of age during the time when Women’s Lib was first becoming a phenomenon. Unfortunately, she has little sense of self nor how to survive without a man in her life. Her search is one that many women had to endure who grew up in the culture of the 60’s.

Besides Annie, there is her college friend, Maureen McDermott, Irish Catholic, confused herself and presently living in Greenwich Village in a cheap walk-up apartment after being expelled from Hunter College. She had been found in a compromising position with a young man in an empty class room. Both women drink a little too much. Only one becomes an alcoholic. Finally, there is Sabrina Aldrich, a self-assured young woman from a prominent family, who first befriends Maureen when they meet in the workplace, and later gets to know Annie. How these three women from different backgrounds, have so much in common and how they find their place in an uncertain world makes for an exceptional story; comical in parts and heartrending in others.

What happens to each is based on real incidents and experiences. The dramatic story ends on that awful date of 9/11. All three women are living in Manhattan. All of their lives are affected by the vitriolic destruction of that terrible day. One lives close to the World Trade Center, another is a TV news reporter who first gets notice of a plane hitting the building, and finally, another’s husband is a New York City firefighter. Who will survive?

IF THEY ASK ME I COULD WRITE A BOOK is a page turner, and as an added bonus, there are real photographs of some of the protagonists within this readable novel.

About Judi McMahon

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Judi McMahon, who now lives in Tucson, Arizona, is a native New Yorker who moved to Tucson in August of 2001. In New York she had a stellar career as a newspaper columnist, magazine writer and editor and author of many how-to books. Her agent was Connie Clausen. Among her credits is an article in New York Magazine on advertising in the personals, for which she also did a television tour, and a 15 year track record of writing on restaurants in New York City as "The Epicurean Explorer." She also specialized in writing on health and beauty and eventually developed her own line of holistic skin care products. Judi now writes mostly fiction (though If They Asked Me I Could Write A Book is based on her own real experiences growing up in New York). She has also just completed another novel out on Amazon.com called Looking for Love in All the Wrong and Right Places. It's a fun read!To learn more about her, visit her website, RebornAngel.com. You can go to the About Judi link where you'll see more of her credits and photos of herself and her daughter, Valentina, who she adopted from an orphanage in Russia more than 17 years ago.
Published November 19, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 476 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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An exhaustive fictionalized account of the author's life and American culture in the mid-20th century.

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