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Copy Boy

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“This is Raymond Chandler for feminists.” ―Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra

Jane’s a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off.

Not my fault, she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy.

Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar.

Jane’s got to find Daddy before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants. It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Copy Boy is a fantastic story of a young woman's survival and re-invention, set in Northern California during the Depression. Blanton-Stroud's prose sings and crackles and brings us into the world of Jane with so much compassion and beauty and wisdom. An engaging, wonderfully original book." - Karen E Bender

"Shelley Blanton-Stroud’s Copy Boy is one of those novels that can rekindle your faith in fiction. Her distinctive voice, command of historical details, and sheer storytelling verve show through on every page. Maybe this exact story never happened, but it should have?in exactly this way. A bravura debut?I’m expecting great things from this author." - David Corbett

"Full of adventure, chutzpah, historical detail, and, most of all, heart, Copy Boy is a thrilling, Depression-era coming-of-age story well suited to our times." - Maggie Shen King

"This is Raymond Chandler for feminists." - Sharma Shields

"A stellar debut. Copy Boy may be Shelley Blanton-Stroud's first novel, but it's apparent from page one that she's been working on her craft for many years. Combining the best elements of noir, historical fiction, and coming-of-age stories, Blanton-Stroud has written a compelling, nuanced story. Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Copy Boy is as mesmerizing as the moment when the fog lifts over Nob Hill. Highly recommended." - Sheldon Siegel

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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Copy Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Shelley Blanton-Stroud
ISBN: 1-63152-697-9 / 978-1-63152-697-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: She Writes Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Copy Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Publisher: She Writes Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU