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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judith F. Brenner is the author of The Moments Between Dreams, a novel. She's a former journalist, an editor, and publisher of Sharpeners Report, a national publication with paid circulation in a professional service and repair industry. Her personal essays have been published in literary magazines and parent magazines. She completed the Iowa University Mini-MFA program in 2019. Judith is a member of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and the national Professional Editor’s Network, the Chicago Writers Network, and the Women's Fiction Writing Association.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Moments Between Dreams, A Novel
Carol misses red flags about Joe’s need for control before she marries him, dashing her dreams for herself and her family. Trouble escalates after their daughter Ellie is paralyzed by the polio virus and Joe returns from WWII. Carol realizes how brutal waking life can be, and she conceals bruises and protects her children the best she can. The Moments Between Dreams is a captivating story of a 1940s housewife who conforms to the rulebook of society until Joe pushes her too far. His constant intimidation shrinks Carol’s confidence while she tries to boost Ellie’s. Church-going neighbors in Carol’s tight-knit Polish community are complacent, but Sam, a handsome reporter, stirs up Carol’s zest for life. Despite impossible circumstances, Carol plans a secret escape. Along a risky path, she empowers her daughter to know no limits and teaches her son to stop the cycle of violence and gender discrimination.