Nancy Townsley's novel-in-progress is a contemporary tale about a journalist-turned-activist in a time of devalued news. In echoes of works by Grace Paley and James Joyce, SUNSHINE GIRL follows the life trajectories of intrepid reporter Mina Breckenridge and third-generation newshound Eliza Donovan Dixon from the rain-soaked streets of Oregon to the sunny beaches of California to the alpine tundra of Alaska over a 50-year span, from the newspaper industry’s “heyday” to its current “mayday." Along the way, Eliza’s mother Judith holds tight to an inescapable family secret, her editor father Martin is forced from his newspaper career and embarks on a healing journey, Martin's former colleague Mina remakes her life after a traumatic interruption, and Eliza's personal and professional journey brings her full circle, back to her beloved Rose City. Also, there are leprechauns!
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