Happy Pub Day, Jenni Walsh!!! BECOMING BONNIE Has Arrived!

Happy Pub Day, Jenni!!

Today is THE BIG DAY for fellow Deb, dear friend, and loveliest of human beings Jenni L. Walsh – Congratulations, Jenni, on the publication of your wonderful debut novel BECOMING BONNIE!!! Jenni’s book is full of intrigue and entertainment: Jenni takes the reader along for the ride as Bonnelyn Parker discovers who she is (deep down), what she wants (for real), and how far she will go to survive tough times with her family (stay tuned!). Why does this sweet, young, bookish girl, who plans to marry her childhood sweetheart, become half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde? Want to know? Then read Jenni’s compelling page-turner to find out!! As author Heather Webb says, “Booze-soaked, southern-fried, and fully immersive, BECOMING BONNIE is a rocking good read.”

There’s a great moment at the beginning of BECOMING BONNIE when Bonnie and her friend Blanche are out driving Big Bertha. Blanche is drunk, and she’s telling Bonnie about Buck Barrow, Clyde’s brother.

“Did you know Buck’s been arrested before?”

My head snaps toward her. “What?”

“How scandalous and delicious.”

“No, Blanche, Not scandalous or delicious. That’s bad. He’s bad.”

“He’s sexy.”

And, guess what — Apparently I’ve got a little Buck Barrow in me, as I recently discovered. To kick off our posts to celebrate the release of Jenni’s book, she asked us to take the quiz she developed (find it on her website!) to determine which member of the Bonnie and Clyde Gang we identify with most strongly. I took Jenni’s quiz many times, and found that I am most closely associated with the infamous Buck Barrow, brother of Clyde Barrow. Apparently, I have a scandalous, criminal side, but everything I do is to support those I love.

Ways I am like Buck:

  1. I’m a Texan. From Dallas, in fact, the setting of Jenni’s novel.
  2. I love a good Gin Rickey and cheese grits.
  3. I’m willing to take risks when I need to.
  4. I was a rebel in my younger days. (Don’t ask for details. It wasn’t pretty.)
  5. I’ll do anything for loved ones.

I was going through some old family pictures recently and found this fabulous one of a relative. I can see a little bit of both me and Buck Barrow in this photo!

So take Jenni’s quiz, buy her book, and enjoy the ride!!!

“Walsh’s debut historical novel brings the Prohibition era, the Great Depression, and American gangsters to life through the personality and circumstances of a notorious moll who starts out as a good girl. Although the story focuses on Bonnie, supporting characters provide further perspectives on the magnetic pull of jazz, illegal booze, and a (short) life on the lam . . . Look forward to the sequel for later exploits of these notorious bandits.” —Booklist

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Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas and left the south to attend Wellesley College. Since then, she has worked as an actor, a high school English teacher, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions at a school in New York City. Her three fabulous boys are all off in Boston attending school, and she and her husband now split their time between New York and Frankfurt, Germany. A theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS was workshopped at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into her first novel.

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