E. E. Smith
In June of 1943, due to an acute labor shortage caused by
the evacuation of all Japanese from the area, as well as many
domestic workers preferring war work to house work, Mrs. Mumson
is forced to hire a young schoolgirl named Eileen as a maid
and cook for the summer. Through one crisis after another—some
more comic than tragic—the people who live in the house
manage to pull together and become a kind of family. In the
center of it all is Eileen, narrating their stories which
she is able
to observe from her unique vantage point behind the swinging
kitchen door that never quite closes on its rusty hinges.
Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco
Bay area and is an award-winning playwright of more than a
dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew was inspired
by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse
during World War II. Times Like These is based on
more real-life adventures through the end of WW II, six years
of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War.
6x9, 200 pages, 16 photographs
for Phoenix International.