Orca Books is excited to welcome Therese Ambrosi Smith as she reads from her debut novel Wax, a story about young women coming of age during the tumult of WWII.
Pearl Harbor is attacked, and three young women take jobs in industry. Before the war ends, one will lose a nephew to combat, one will receive a mysterious inheritance, and one will refuse a marriage proposal, after admitting that she’s never been attracted to men. They’ll forge lifelong bonds, and discover a shared past. When the war ends, they’ll reject aprons and heels. Wax is a story of strong female friendship, sexual discovery, and long-held secrets, set in the 1940’s, as the seeds of the civil rights and feminists movements are sown -- along with victory gardens. It’s fiction inspired by the real lives of “Rosies” who came of age during WWII. The women in Wax struggle to break their mothers’ molds; they ultimately find happiness through self awareness and acceptance.