Hamilton-Gottlieb – Pea’s Ladies

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About the Book

Hobarth Manor is a building of light. Caryatids grace its marble facade, one on each side of eighteen windows. But the historic apartment building is soon to be demolished. 

Percival Jamieson McNulty (“Pea”), was born in the building, to caretaker parents, and has lived there most of his fifty years. Now he must save five elderly tenants, for whom he feels responsible.

At eighty-five, Maizie is the eldest. Her solution to stopping the demolition is to “find out where the bodies are buried.” 

Carlotta is a former concert pianist. The other ladies have voted to restrict her playing to two hours in the morning; thwarting, in her mind, the ability to make a “comeback.” 

Sulie, the former proprietor of a once-famous restaurant, now lives on canned soup and crackers, but has useful connections from her past as a renowned chef.

Nan, a former artist of some note, has become a recluse who hasn’t left her apartment for years. Pea loses sleep worrying about how to save his favorite tenant. 

The elegant and secretive Fiona has a past connection to the underworld. In the end, this shady past is key to “finding where the bodies are buried.”

Lacy Fox, the rightful heir to Hobarth Manor, is Pea’s long-lost childhood friend. Her husband has gained power-of-attorney over her property. It is he who has made the decision to replace the building with condominiums. Lacy and Pea reconnect and try to save the building. But help comes as each lady resurrects some part of her past. 

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Book Details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Culicidae Press (May 7, 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback and Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN ‏ : ‎ 978-1683150909 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1683150916
ASIN  : B0CLKYQ541 (Kindle)
Item Weight ‏ : ‎
9.6 ounces (paperback)
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.33 x 9 inches

About the Author

Rose Hamilton-Gottlieb grew up on a 120-acre Iowa farm and spent most of her adult life in California, where she raised two daughters. After becoming a widow in 2014, she moved back to her home state, where she now lives in Ames, Iowa.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in American Studies from California State University. She’s a former college lecturer in History and American Studies. Twenty-nine of her short stories have been published, mostly in small literary journals. A few credits include The Chicago Tribune (as a finalist in the 2006 and 2011 Nelson Algren Awards); and three Papier Mache Press anthologies, At Our Core; Generation to Generation; and Grow Old Along with Me the Best is Yet to be. A short story, called “Aerodynamic Integrity,” based on a chapter in Traveling Light, was published by Papier Mache Press and Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature.


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