"As original as it is addictive... a truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise."
Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father's tales of a time when “every hole-in-the wall bar had a band,” 14-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky is left with an emotional wound that can be soothed only by Lenny Moss, a smooth-talking married businessman whose nostalgia is limited to a time when men ruled and women knew their place. Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore's World-Famous Block, Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a once-stylish, now-decrepit adult entertainment strip where everyone has a tale about “the good old days,” but nothing is quite as it seems.
As Becky struggles to reconcile her life as Lenny’s mistress/star performer with the realization that her father’s disappearance was no accident, These Days juxtaposes past and present, myth and reality through burlesque and movie imagery; jazz and disco music, in ways both delightful and profound.