Going On Nine by Catherine Underhill FitzpatrickGoing On Nine by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Going On Nine

byCatherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Paperback | June 5, 2014

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A child swipes her mother's ring, snatches her sister's nightgown, and runs outside to play "bride." She soon loses the ring, rips the gown, correctly assumes it's about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find abetterfamily. What happens next is a summer-long journey in which Grace Townsend rides shotgun in a Plymouth Belvedere, and hunkers in the back of a rattletrap vegetable truck, crawls into a crumbling tunnel, dresses up with aprom queen, and keeps vigil in the bedroom of a molestation victim. There are reasons why Grace remembers the summer of 1956 for the rest of her life. Those are just a few. Through the eyes of a child and the mature woman she becomes, we make the journey with Grace and discover important truths about life, equality, family, and the soul-searching quest for belonging.

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in suburban St. Louis. She is the second of six children. She, like many children her age, enjoyed summer vacations unscheduled and unfettered. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she worked as a metro daily newspaper feature writer in Han...
Title:Going On NineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.33 × 5.94 × 0.7 inPublished:June 5, 2014Publisher:FamiliusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939629128

ISBN - 13:9781939629128


Table of Contents

Chapter 1Grace
The Deal
Chapter 2Davey
The Tunnel
Chapter 3Dezso
The Truck
Chapter 4Melinda
The Popular Girl
Chapter 5Carolyn
The Catastrophe
Chapter 6Cherry
The Cabin
Chapter 7The Blairs
The Newcomers
Chapter 8Missy
The Pen
Chapter 9Mrs. Pearson
The Boat
Chapter 10Charlie
The Fever
Chapter 11 Patsy
The Show
Chapter 12Benny
The Bugle
Chapter 13The Zaldoni Boys
The Trattoria
Chapter 14Rainer
The Hideout
Chapter 15Janice
The Planets
Chapter 16Cate
The Queen
Chapter 17Mark and Sissy Eagan
The Names
Chapter 18Sally
The Shank End
Chapter 19Neighbors
The Party
Chapter 20Odetta
The Heat

Editorial Reviews

"Going on Nine brings back those days of freedom for youngsters—and the restrictions related to class and ethnicity. Not much diversity here on the surface . . . but in reality, tremendous differences among families, differences actually much deeper than race and class. I like the way (the author) illustrate(s) these differences." — Jeanne Warren Lindsay, author of Sunflower Days: Growing Up In Kansas 1929 – 1959 "Fitzpatrick’s high-concept treatment of revisited childhood uses multiple neighborhood households and parallel voices, past and present, sending readers to a community of mid-20th century, Midwestern, middle-class life. It is both intimate as told though the eyes of an almost-nine-year-old girl in the Wise Child tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, but also universal as its reach and powerful insights extend far beyond the confines of these neighbors’ homes. The humor, pathos, and genuinely interesting ‘folks down the street’ make this an engaging read throughout.” — Whitney Scott, Publisher, Outrider Press "Catherine paints a wonderful picture of the 1950s through the charm of Grace’s childhood. The wonder of this little girl is that she learns empathy for others through hard lessons. The language, attitudes, and news of the times speckled throughout the story make the era come alive."    —Genny Zak Kieley, author of Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing up in the 50s & 60s "Going on Nine chronicles a time of great change in America, as seen through the eyes of a young girl trying to make sense of her corner of the world. Charming, engaging, and bursting with colorful characters, this vivid novel will keep you reading long past your bedtime."  —Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, In Need of a Good Wife, and The Island of Doves "In more than a decade as a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in relationship issues, women’s and adolescent girls’ issues, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects when socially aggressive school girls maintain their status by playing spiteful tricks. In a single powerful, authentic chapter, Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick’s coming-of-age novel shows how the cold-blooded games of a supposed 'friend' up the ante on cruelty, until a tragic twist of fate turns the aggressor into a victim."  — Dr. Erika Holiday, Psy.D, co-author of Mean Girls, Mean Women "I want my parents to come back to life and read Catherine Fitzpatrick's novel, Going on Nine. Better yet, I want them to have read it before I turned eight and knew for sure that all the other kids' families were nicer and less embarrassing. If my folks read through to the end—and I can't imagine anyone putting it down—they would know that I, like Grace Townsend and a kabillion other kids, learned my lesson after all." —Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio—A Writer's Place, and author of Shut Up & Write! "Grace’s journey leads to the inevitable truth that things are not always as they seem. Reading Going on Nine, I found myself yearning for a simpler time when children played outside with abandon, and terrorism wasn’t part of our vocabulary. Congratulations to Catherine Fitzpatrick on a precise portrayal of Grace and a tightly written remembrance (that) makes you want to click your heels and say, 'There’s no place like home.'” —Kathleen McElligott, author of Mommy Machine, 2009 National Best Books Awards finalist "A sweet coming of age story whose heroine confronts life's deepest mysteries with plenty of heart and not a small dose of pluck. Baby boomers will be enthralled, as I was, by Catherine Fitzpatrick's exquisite attention to detail that makes the summer of '56 come alive in the form of an eight-year-old adventuress named Grace Townsend." —Marcy Darin, editor, Prisms of the Soul: Writings from a Sisterhood of Faith "Going on Nine brings out all that was special about Brentwood in those days. Every family had their own story, their own hardships, and they helped each other through joys and sorrows. In a lot of ways Brentwood is still that way, still has the cozy feel of a 'Mayberry' type atmosphere, where families have remained over the years, and stay active in the community. . . . It was a time when kids used their imaginations, played outside, and valued the friendships in the neighborhood." —Dan Fitzgerald, president of the Brentwood Historical Society