JENNI L. WALSH: Becoming Bonnie

 
Time to travel back to the height of the Roaring Twenties and meet Bonnelyn Parker before she takes to a life of crime!
 
Join us for Jenni L. Walsh's book launch of her new novel Becoming Bonnie on May 17th at 6:30pm! Becoming Bonnie details how a young woman who was promised the American dream and given the Great Depression fell so hard for a convicted felon and turned to crime herself. Come celebrate Jenni and her new novel!
 
 
From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo.

​The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. What she doesn't know is that her life—like her country—is headed for a crash.

She’s about to meet Clyde Barrow.

Few details are known about Bonnie's life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself.
Bonnie and Clyde are two of the most famous outlaws in American history. They have captured people’s imaginations for decades, and now Becoming Bonnie will continue their story on the small screen: it has been optioned for television by Edyson Entertainment, headed by Ed Gernon, a veteran producer whose credits include Nuremberg, Joan of Arc, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister among many historical TV specials.
 
 
Praise
 
“A compelling account of a nation and a life in disarray—readers will feel for Bonnelyn as she finds herself scrabbling for survival in a world turned upside down. How do you get from good girl to gangster's moll?  Jenni Walsh takes you along for the ride with Bonnelyn Parker in an account so vivid you would think you were there with her.”
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig

"In Becoming Bonnie Jenni Walsh delivers an intriguing insight into the life of one half of the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde. I look forward to reading more from this new author."
New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor

“A dazzling and compulsively-readable adventure of self-discovery, with a voice both singular and irresistible.  I dare you not to fall in love with Bonnie, and her intoxicating, wholly immersive world.”
—Lee Kelly, author of City of Savages
 
 
About Jenni
 
Jenni L. Walsh headshot
Jenni L. Walsh has spent the past decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. Becoming Bonnie marks her turn to the lives of heroic women: Walsh also has a new middle grade series with Scholastic, Brave Like Me, that tells true stories of young women who accomplished great feats of perseverance and bravery. She is a proud graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philly 'burbs with her husband, daughter, son, and goldendoodle. Becoming Bonnie is her first novel. Visit Jenni's website at www.jennilwalsh.com.

 

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Becoming Bonnie: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765390189
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Forge Books - May 9th, 2017


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