Regina S. Kutchins - Jessie (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Richly detailed and written with deep sensitivity, Jessie spans time and distance in portraying the universal quest of mothers to protect those dearest to them against all odds.

Jessie Glenn’s story -- loosely based on the author's grandmother’s life -- begins in rural Missouri when her husband dies in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area where she brushes shoulders with bootleggers, works for tips in North Beach’s Italian restaurants, barters for an apartment over a Polk Street market and through longshoremen she befriends, becomes embroiled in Harry Bridges’ historic waterfront strike.  

In the book, readers will visit storied North Beach speakeasies, read of waterfront battles in newspapers steeped in jingoistic prose, and share the touching struggle of a mother as she attempts to regain the love of daughters she had left in an orphanage for eight years while she traveled the country with a peripatetic gambler.

This is book includes tales of San Francisco in 1920’s and 30’s: the era of Prohibition and the Great Depression.

Native Californian Regina S. Kutchins’ varied experiences working in the governor’s office, as a campaign consultant, election reformer, and administrator of a statewide rural program for seniors richly influenced her novel, Jessie. Regina lives and writes in West Marin.  

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925