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Stepping Stones

Maureen Lee

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From 1930s' Liverpool to London, then California, and finally back to Liverpool, the powerful and compelling saga of one woman's turbulent life

Kitty O'Brien's husband is a drunken thug and in order to feed her starving children she sells her body on the Liverpool docks; her daughter Lizzie's exotic looks are not those of her father. At 13, Lizzie is pregnant by her father and, still weak after an abortion, she kills him. Her mother takes the blame, but Lizzie cannot blot out the painful memories of her childhood. Eventually, with a failed marriage behind her, she finds fame, fortune and friendship in Hollywood - but happiness continues to elude her.

And so she returns to her roots and it is her final marriage and its disastrous consequences that at last force her to face her past and find the happiness and peace of mind that has always escaped her.

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Maureen Lee

Maureen Lee was born in Liverpool and had numerous short stories published and a play professionally staged before her first novel was published. Her award-winning novels have earned her many fans. Her latest novel, The Leaving of Liverpool, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She is an RNA winner, and writes full time. Maureen now lives in Colchester, Essex.

To find out more, visit www.maureenlee.co.uk