CD Peacock Jewelry Store when closed for the night
My second novel involves some of the issues that I was exposed to while growing up. Even though I lived on the cranberry bog for only a fourth of the year, when I was in Chicago I felt like a poor country mouse surrounded by my affluent, city-mice relatives. For four generations the Peacocks owned the elegant jewelry store—CD Peacock. This upbringing encouraged my life-long interest in relieving poverty.
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An Ostentation is loosely based on my mother's side of the family. It is set in Chicago during the 19th and well into the 20th century when Chicago was a major battleground for conflicts between classes. Each wave of immigrants enlarged its population, provided more workers for its growing industries, and provoked new fights and prejudices among its citizens. The city became a leading center of labor activism.
The principle characters of An Ostentation, see these city struggles reflected in their own family. They uncover a relative's murder and are determined to find the culprit in spite of the consequences to their family’s reputation.
The word "ostentation" in bird parlance is the collective for a group of Peacocks.