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The indomitable Joyce Jackson, her two kids, and an infamous front porch shrine dedicated to Elvis battle the Welfare department -- boss Madge, Emily the preppy social worker, and a system still trying to defeat her. A sensuous, rollicking story of love set amidst the shadows of the King and rock 'n' roll.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Blue Heron Publishing
(first published 1992)
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I hate to disagree with everyone, especially since I wanted to love this book so badly. Why the author chose to start it with Emily, I will never understand. I couldn't stand her. This twenty-three year old goes around lecturing someone twenty years her senior about "being an old maid" (in 1982!), doesn't know that home economics was a required class in 1957 (I do and I'm just a "dumb millennial") and feels the need to tell her client that SHE took college prep. Way too much time is spent on Emi ...more
This book was chosen by my book group back in 1998. The author is local and came to our discussion of her book, an enjoyable tale about a young woman on welfare who’s obsessed with Elvis. I remember it as a pleasant evening, but don’t know if it was because we really liked the book or liked the author—maybe both.
A favorite book of mine. It was made into a tv movie that starred and produced by Roseanne and screen play by Rita Mae Brown . This book showed the relationship between a woman on welfare and her Social Worker. Such a great look into how social class and prejudice clouds our perception of others even in a therapeutic relationship.