The year is 1965. The U.S. is in turmoil as the Vietnam War escalates and civil unrest is seething. Kate Bamber, a 19-year-old telephone operator from Memphis, is longing to find a good husband and some meaning to her young life. Seeking to escape a sad and troubled existence with her abusive parents, Kate eagerly accepts a job transfer and moves out of her parent's house to the beautiful, sunny beaches of Miami, Florida. Filled with hope and excitement, Kate immediately realizes her Mid-Southern upbringing and small-town na vet are no match for the harsh realities of life during these rapidly changing times.
Romantic notions and hunger for adventure drive Kate to a guilt-ridden yet passionate love affair that unexpectedly leads to a seemingly picture-perfect marriage. But her desire for love and companionship continues to burn and the idea of a quiet married life is not what Kate's free-spirited nature is made for.
About the Author
Patricia Bj rnstad spent her childhood in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to Norway with her husband in 1987 where she studied English literature, linguistics, and education. Patricia teaches English and drama at a Norwegian high school and plans to pursue her writing career after retirement. Her next book is about her adventures and experiences immigrating to Norway. A Quiet Life in Bedlam is her first published novel.