Anything but Ordinary: Just Another Sunday by @ElizabetGood — Top 100, Coming of Age

Just Another Sunday

by Elizabeth Good

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Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, Just Another Sunday is inspired by actual events and follows Lia Benedict, a teenager growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey.

In the spring of 1968, Lia is 15 years old when her Italian-American family decides to leave Brooklyn for their dream home in the suburbs. But Lia is reluctant to pull up roots and go anywhere, especially to some godforsaken Jersey town. "I would rather thrive in the grime of New York than be plucked from my roots and transplanted in Nowheresland, just to wither away and die. I swear this is the kiss of death."

Her father, Frank Benedict, has worked hard to afford his own home for his wife, Marie, and five children after years of renting in Brooklyn. With the recent marriage of their eldest daughter, and visions of grandchildren in their future, new life in suburbia couldn't be more promising. But their dream home quickly becomes a living nightmare, and the family's move will prove to be the last they will ever make as an intact family of seven.

Just Another Sunday is a compelling five-year snapshot of one woman's life, taking us through teenage angst and rites of passage, new love and broken hearts, friendships and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, and one family's struggle to cope with the inconceivable.

You will search your soul and ponder Life's most provocative questions as you experience the unforgettable conclusion to Just Another Sunday.

Praise for Just Another Sunday

(Amazon Reviews)

Elizabeth Good's first novel is an embracing story, which takes you back a few generations to the tumultuous teenage years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Through her well developed characters, she exposes the complexities of those coming of age years and how the influences of nature, nurture and challenging circumstances affect the choices one makes, and in turn, the direction life takes. Just Another Sunday is a most enjoyable Sunday read and a wonderful walk down memory lane.

Even though I am in my mid-70's, I was inspired by this "coming of age" story and how the main character, Lia, was eventually able to overcome so much tragedy in her young life. The book is very well written and easy to read. You can really identify and empathize with the characters. The description of Lia's Mom's state of mind after her terrible loss was especially poignant. What was interesting is the role religion played in helping Lia's Mom cope with her tragedy.

Author Bio

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and I am the office manager for a prominent New Jersey dentist, Dr. Robert M. Sacks. I have been in dentistry for many, many years and enjoy my chosen career. I live with my husband and our little 13-year old shih-tsu pooch named Saverio; who now must be carried downstairs because he can no longer see or hear very well.​..poor little guy! ​

I adore spending time visiting with my grandchildren as much as possible. I live by the New Jersey Shore. (We are coming back from Hurricane Sandy!) I love swimming in my pool, enjoy reading a book per month, and I like zoning out on the treadmill or sitting by the ocean in a beach chair with headphones and an iPod. I drive with my Sirius XM radio blasting, and do most everything while listening to my favorite music.

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