Snakes or Ladders
My new novel. It’s Available Now!
- “... creates a rare innocence and sense of religious guilt … in a world which is no longer so innocent…“
- “… a great read…”
- “…not for the prudish.”
In 1950’s Australia, 16 year-old Mitty, brought up in strict puritanical sect, escapes to a typist job in the city as a step to fulfilling movie-inspired dreams of being a lady. She takes pride in her manners, appearance and new secretary role. This pride is also her defense against her value conflicts and ingrained fear of life.
She is hampered by deep fears of hell and punishment, and utter ignorance of the acts of life.
She develops a crush on her boss, and this leads her to increasingly sensual discoveries. She vacillates between self-pleasure and self-reproach and flashbacks to warnings of hell. She meets Col, kind and decent. She is torn between the two men and more potently, between her ambition and the safety she feels with Col and his expectations of her as a typical housewife.
Aunt Charity has exerted a punitive and envious control over Mitty, her mother and her grandmother. Mitty unwittingly pushes her Mother to flout her sister.
In a dramatic and tense path through personal danger and her own stifling guilt, Mitty must find a solution that out-smarts the pressures from 1950’s society and male power.
You can buy Jessie Flowers’ first novel: Snakes or Ladders, right now!