Irene McCoy is a teacher of American history and a copywriter in broadcasting and publishing. Her new book, Only Gypsies Move on Sunday retells her own journey in narratives that float around her struggling years of battling the terrible adversities the world brings, as well as those events when she is reminded of the beauty that is life. McCoy writes:

The precocious youngster comes of age during the 1950s while putting up with an authoritative father, fearing the dreaded Commies, and haunted by the horrors of a nuclear holocaust. Later, as a married woman, she resigns herself to repeatedly packing up and following her journalist husband from cramped rooms in the Midwest and New York to accommodations in post-war Germany, none of which were likely to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Early on, she finds herself with a two-year-old in a country where she’s out of milk and diapers and stores are about to close for the weekend. Aha, so this is what angst is. While the author occasionally embellished a few facts and changed the names of some characters for the sake of privacy, Only Gypsies Move on Sunday will be welcomed by readers who enjoy a sly peek into the often-frantic lives of their contemporaries. ◊

 

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