Twilight Zone on Hiawatha Street

I often walk Jesse the Dog on Hiawatha Street, a winding, tree-lined suburban street, not much traveled. On a 15 minute walk a couple cars may pass or none, if it’s early. This is good because Jesse prefers to walk without a leash. Leashes offend his dignity, so I carry one to appease the fair city of Knoxville, but rarely apply it. To the point. Saturday morning, a quiet cool day, about 9 a.m,, only Jesse and I were up and about, Jesse sniffing, me musing on Chapter 8 that I’m writing. I’m normally oblivious to cars makes, but there was a gleaming 1950’s Thunderbird, coral, coming out of Hiawatha. That’s strange. And then an old Cadillac soon after, turquoise. Another 50’s color, sadly gone from modern automotive design. A De Soto sedan. A 1940’s (?) Jaguar, a few convertibles, buffed to a mirror shine. A black and white Oldsmobile, rounded 50’s vintage. A Plymouth. These were not self-propelled, of course, there were people in them, usually a couple. They seemed pretty sure of themselves and there was that whiplash moment of thinking: “Who’s in the wrong time zone here, me or them?”

Pamela Schoenewaldt, historical novels of immigration and the search for self in new worlds: WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, SWIMMING IN THE MOON, and UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY (all HarperCollins).

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Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference, April 5-7, 2018. Two workshops: “Ancient fires for modern words” and “Blending narrative & description to empower your prose.”

When We Were Strangers, in Italian translation, presented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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