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Going on Nine


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ISBN13: 9781939629128
ISBN10: 1939629128
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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 a better; family. 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 a prom 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.


A summer-long quest to find the perfect family lands an eight-year-old child in unexpected circumstances and, decades later, provides a medicinal dose of nostalgia to the woman she becomes.

About the Author

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 Hannibal, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. In September of 2001, Catherine was in Manhattan to cover New York Fashion Week. At first word of the terrorist attacks, she rushed to Ground Zero and filed award-winning eyewitness reports. An account of her reportage that day appears in Running Toward Danger. A front page of the newspaper edition containing one of her 9-11 dispatches is among those memorialized in Washington DC's Newseum. Her book-length account of her harrowing experiences that week has been accessioned into the State Historical Society of Missouri archives. Catherine's articles, stories, and essays have appeared in The Vocabula Review, Prick of the Spindle, Sew News, Fan Story, Yesterday's Magazette, Reminisce Magazine, in three Outrider Press anthologies, and Lessons from My Parents. Her debut novel, A Matter of Happenstance, is a four-generation family saga that explores the power of personal character over coincidence. Like Going on Nine, it is set in St. Louis. Catherine is a board member of the Chicago-area TallGrass Writers Guild. She and her husband, Dennis, have two daughters. Their first grandchild, Lillian Leslie Gould, was born in June 2013. Catherine and Dennis divide their time between Chicago and Bonita Springs, Florida.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1              Grace

                              The Deal

Chapter 2              Davey

                              The Tunnel

Chapter 3              Dezso

                              The Truck

Chapter 4              Melinda

                              The Popular Girl

Chapter 5              Carolyn

                              The Catastrophe

Chapter 6              Cherry

                              The Cabin

Chapter 7              The Blairs

                              The Newcomers

Chapter 8              Missy

                              The Pen

Chapter 9              Mrs. Pearson

                              The Boat

Chapter 10            Charlie

                              The Fever

Chapter 11            Patsy

                              The Show

Chapter 12            Benny

                              The Bugle

Chapter 13            The Zaldoni Boys

                              The Trattoria

Chapter 14            Rainer

                              The Hideout

Chapter 15            Janice

                              The Planets

Chapter 16            Cate

                              The Queen

Chapter 17            Mark and Sissy Eagan

                              The Names

Chapter 18            Sally

                              The Shank End

Chapter 19            Neighbors

                              The Party

Chapter 20            Odetta

                              The Heat


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klmerrifield, May 1, 2014 (view all comments by klmerrifield)
You are going to love this book.

As an writer/poet and editor I’m hyper critical of the books I read, compulsive even, marking up a book with red pen noting typos and thinkos, factual errors, faulty logic, and just plain sloppy, flabby, lame writing. So, when I run across a flawless book that also delivers with depth of character, plot and history, I have to share that with my professional network. Going on Nine by Catherine Underhill Fitzgerald is just such a novel. It takes you right back to your own childhood where you can match your memories with heroine Grace's who speaks to us at an almost-nine-year-old and as a senior, reflecting back on the joys and traumas of childhood. Here's a journey through the loss of innocence that makes reader’s lives richer. No need for a red pen, for example, in this passage from the chapter titled, “The Hideout” in which younger Grace speaks:

“Yeah. Then he starts telling me this great story about riding trains across prairies and watching buffalo stampedes. He said he and his buddies ride all over the lace free in empty boxcars. He said they swipe apples and pears and corn and stuff from farms along the way. They hop out of the train while it’s still moving, swipe the food, and run like blazes to get back in. He said sometimes they have to pull a buddy back up into the boxcar, and once, a buddy got halfway and fell, and the train wheels sliced him in two, like a cucumber.”

Storytelling -- with reverberating meaning -- doesn't get better than that!
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Fitzpatrick, Catherine
1950s, Fifties, summer, childhood
Literature-Family Life
Childhood, Adventures, Summer, Fiction, Coming of Age
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