Have you ever had a really bad day? If so, then you have an idea of what seventeen-year-old Rosalina Oliverio's whole life is like. To begin with, she's lured into a job at Sally Rand's Nude Ranch at the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island. And then she finds she's pregnant by a boy friend who's "not ready to commit," and she enters a marriage of convenience with a gay playboy.
Widowed by a senseless murder, she's implicated in an armed robbery and is obliged to become the mistress of a man she detests. The question is not whether she'll achieve her quest to escape poverty, it's whether she'll make it to eighteen.
Jonah Raskin, book reviewer and author of Natives, Newcomers, Exiles, Fugitives: Northern California Writers and Their Work, wrote, "Reading The Pickle Girl is like watching one of those old black-and-white Hollywood movies that seemed to capture the human tragedy and the human comedy, and that made you want to go on living."
David Skibbins, author of the Edgar-winning Eight of Swords, says, "The Pickle Girl takes us backstage at the Treasure Island Fair and through the gay bars, fancy restaurants and seedy dives of San Francisco. A bittersweet love story. a vivid view of the Italian-American community, and a coming of age story, all wrapped in one."
Jo Ann Ridley, author of In Search of Eulabee Diox: the Illustrated Biography of an American Miniaturist, wrote, "Rathmell's novel evokes San Francisco history in a poignant love story that begins--and ends in the bustling behind-the-scenes milieu of the 1939 World's Fair.
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