A Beast No More

Emerging from the Middle State

by Phyllis Magold


Book Details

Liberalized, Radicalized, Criminalized: Three Young Women in a World of Change

On a day in June of 1950, three baby girls are born at the same time, in the same hospital. Baby Brigid goes home to a middle-class, lily-white west Cleveland suburb where her Hungarian firefighter father and Irish homemaker mother instill traditional Catholic values. Baby Babs grows up in Shaker Heights, an upper-class east Cleveland suburb where her Jewish father, a NASA astrophysicist, and her German Catholic mother, a NASA scientist, provide a stimulating life of intellectual inquiry, even as they grapple with a challenging affliction that strikes Babs early in life. Baby Rosie lives in Cleveland’s colorful west side, where her Italian parents own the neighborhood grocery store, and her father serves as city councilman. The girls meet up again fourteen years later and begin a life-long friendship that takes them on different paths, facing the obstacles of sexism, racism, and the ever-present turmoil of the Vietnam War. Their saga continuously forces them to choose between the aspirations of the human spirit, and the temptations of the flesh. Will they choose the spirit or the beast ... or languish in the middle state?


About the Author

Phyllis Magold

Phyllis Magold is a freelance writer, Adjunct English Professor at Ohio Dominican University, and former high school English teacher and International Baccalaureate Examiner. Ms. Magold attended Marquette University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English from Otterbein University, where she also earned her M.Ed. She has been awarded numerous local, state, national, and international recognitions for her writing and work in education, including curriculum development for Wynton Marsalis Enterprises and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She currently resides in central Ohio, but with roots planted firmly in Cleveland.

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