THESE DAYS, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip

an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Prize-winner

“A truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise.”  Publisher’s Weekly

0_0_0_0_195_293_csupload_64538658Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father’s tales of a time when “every hole-in-the wall bar had a band,” 14-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky finds solace in Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at her dad’s former haunt, the Half-Mile Bar. But it is the attention of smooth-talking businessman Lenny Moss that she really craves.

Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore’s World-Famous Block, Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a once-stylish, now-decrepit adult entertainment strip where everyone has a tale about “the good old days,” but nothing is quite as it seems.


More from Margo Christie:

End of 83 – “A Tale of Cities, Musicians and Finding Common Ground”

Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore – “Gas Jockeys and Lonely Hearts”

The Baltimore Sun – “Blaze Starr and Burlesque’s ‘Big To-do'”

Voice of Baltimore – “Home is a Place You Only Think You Know”

Scraping the Red Sky: Fresh Colorado Authors 

UMBC Magazine – “Life on the Edge (with a safety net)”

Loch Raven Review – “More than Drinks”

Baltimore Post-Examiner – “The Top Hat Bar and Grill” 

What Weekly – “On the Shoulders of Legends” 

Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore – “Once Upon a Time in a Bar on the Block” 

Berlesker: A Literary Journal