Happy Maisy Coleman: A Novel

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Monkfish Book Publishing Company, 2004 - Fiction - 279 pages
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"Happy Maisy Coleman's holy rite of passage roars past a unique set of guide posts including, a Holocaust-survivor psychiatrist; a carnal mother from hell; an Evangelical sinner of vast theology; with Frank Sinatra, of all people, as a neighborly pragmatist. There are few trips in life (and books) as bizarre, exhilarating and affecting as this one."--William Kinsolving, author of The Diplomat's Daughter and Bred to Win

This is an irresistible multigenerational story about the Coleman family, early pioneers of the Salvation Army, who evolve from the darkest pits of poverty into the height of wealth, sensuality and beauty. The mystical, three-dimensional saga is narrated by great granddaughter, Happy Maisy Coleman, who captures the searing heartbreak of her rich and complex dysfunctional family with a surprising mix of intuitive genius and humor. A novel with a distinctly American touch, Happy Maisy Coleman dives into such fleshy subjects as female sexuality, Christianity, insanity and forgiveness.

Juli I. Huss is the author of The Faux Gourmet: A Single Woman's Confession on Food and Sex and Dish. She has been a repeated guest author and columnist on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Good Day New York, CNBC, CNN, Lifetime, AM Los Angeles, AM Seattle, AM San Francisco, AM Atlanta, Geraldo, The Michael Jackson Show (radio), The Dennis Praeger Show (radio). She is as an adjunct lecturer for NYU School of Continuing Education and has written freelance articles for many magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Manhattan Style, interviewing celebrities such as Shania Twain, Lauren Hutton, Lou Reed, Carol Alt, Naomi Judd and Stephen Baldwin.

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About the author (2004)

Huss began her writing career as a weekly food columnist for "The Two Rivers Times" in Redbank, New Jersey. Then Juli traveled to Czechoslovakia, Brazil and then onto Japan supporting herself with freelance assignments for Mode, Cosmopolitan, Manhattan Style, Beauty, Holiday Home & Entertaining, Special Reports, Natural Living Today, Aveda, and Hamptons magazines. Upon her return from Japan, Juli sat down and wrote "Happy Maisy Coleman," a novel she had waited five years to write, surviving many, many days of relentless fear and inner loathing waiting for the inspiration to arrive. Juli I. Huss lives in New York City.

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