Year 2015 marks Patricia Joyce Parsons' publishing debut with the introduction of Portrait of a Town, published by Pleasant Living Books. Check back regularly as Pat continues to write and add to her library of published works. 



Portrait of a Town is an account of life in Cape Charles, Virginia in the 1940's and 1950's. Thirty-three vignettes weave together the history and flavor of the town through the experiences of a child of that era. Scenes of playing in the swamp, jumping from the railroad's coal shute into the harbor, and fishing off the Eastern Shore's barrier islands portray a childhood of freedom that has all but disappeared. Stories such as "Abundance," "The Green Bean Caper," and "Wild Cherry Wine" depict the rural aspects of life in and around Cape Charles. "Crossing the Bay During World War II" and "Evidence of War" present a child's reaction to the major events of the 1940's. This nostalgic accounting of small town life on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is sure to charm its readers into reaching for their car keys in search of this gem of town.