Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Lockhart Women By Mary Camarillo


Brenda Lockhart’s family has been living well beyond their means for too long when Brenda’s husband leaves them―for an older and less attractive woman than Brenda, no less. Brenda’s never worked outside the home, and the family’s economic situation quickly declines. Oldest daughter Peggy is certain she’s heading off to a university, until her father offers her a job sorting mail while she attends community college instead. Younger daughter Allison, a high school senior, can’t believe her luck that California golden boy Kevin has fallen in love with her.
Meanwhile, the chatter about the O. J. Simpson murder investigations is always on in the background, a media frenzy that underscores domestic violence against women and race and class divisions in Southern California. Brenda, increasingly obsessed with the case, is convinced O. J. is innocent and has been framed by the LAPD. Both daughters are more interested in their own lives―that is, until Peggy starts noticing bruises Allison can’t explain. For a while, it feels to everyone as if the family is falling apart; but in the end, they all come together again in unexpected ways.

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Mary Camarillo is the author of the award winning debut novel "The Lockhart Women" publishing in June 2021 from She Writes Press. She is currently working on her second novel. Her short fiction and poems have appeared in publications such as The Sonoran Review, Lunch Ticket and The Ear.

Mary grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father worked in aerospace and was transferred to Southern California when she was fourteen. After high school, she went to work for the post office. It might be genetic--both her grandfathers were railway mail clerks. She sorted mail, sold stamps, worked in the accounting office, went to night school, and earned a degree in business administration. She spent nights and weekends sitting at her kitchen table, studying and passing exams to become a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accountant.

She started writing fiction eight years ago. She took classes at local colleges, joined writing groups and worked on her own at the same kitchen table. She lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband Steve and their terrorist cat, Riley.

My Thoughts...

Do you enjoy stories about dysfunctional families? Then you have got to read this one. Camarillo pulls you in with these true to life characters.

This is a must read you will fly through this book.

4 stars and I recommend it.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.