• Paperback: 294 pages
• Publisher: Cambridge Books (April, 2014)
A Snug Life Somewhere is about Penny Joe Copper, daughter of a roustabout shingle weaver, who is caught up in a 1916 union tragedy known as the Everett Massacre. Her brother Horace is killed, as is the cousin of a radical organizer, Gabe. When her love affair with Marcel, a music student seven years her junior, is thwarted, she is pulled into Gabe’s campaign to avenge the “Everett Martyrs.” She follows Gabe to Mexico (where they live in a household of Bolsheviks bent on smuggling jewels) then to Chicago (where she rediscovers Marcel, steals a Faberge egg and escapes from Gabe). Then a second event intervenes — the Seattle General Strike of 1919. Penny Joe returns to Seattle to confront Gabe and meets up with a mysterious stranger who turns out to be J. Edgar Hoover. Should she give the Faberge egg to Hoover as evidence against Gabe or just disappear and start a new life. Is she ever going to reunite with her lost love Marcel?
Jan Shapin has been writing plays and screenplays for nearly thirty years, in the last decade concentrating on fiction. Shapin has studied playwriting at Catholic University in Washington, DC, screenwriting at the Film and Television Workshop and University of Southern California, and fiction writing at a variety of locations including Barnard College’s Writers on Writing seminar, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Her plays have been produced in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. She has received grants from the RI Council for the Humanities and has served as a juror for the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts screenplay fellowship awards. A companion novel, A Desire Path, was published in 2012.
She lives in North Kingstown, RI with her photographer husband. Learn more about Jan at her website, janshapin.com.
Jan’s Tour Stops
Monday, February 10th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, February 11th: The Road to Here
Wednesday, February 12th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, February 13th: Melody & Words
Monday, February 17th: Priscilla and Her Books
Tuesday, February 18th: Lisa’s Yarns
Thursday, February 20th: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, February 24th: Booksie’s Blog
Tuesday, February 25th: The Written World
Thursday, February 27th: Time 2 Read
Monday, March 3rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, March 4th: Book Loving Hippo
Wednesday, March 12th: Unabridged Chick