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Diana McDonough

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Diana McDonough, author of Stuck in the Onesies" on Friday, May 26th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm!

Stuck in the Onesies

Two best friends navigate the changing world of the 1960s in Washington, DC.

At first, Barb doesn't expect to like Ellie. Her husband, Jake, is best friends with Ellie's husband, Will, but that doesn't mean their wives have to get along. Barb is slightly intimidated by Ellie's vivacious spirit and homemaking skills. The two women, however, bond over getting "stuck in the onesies" in a game of jacks. That small moment of connection changes both of their lives forever.

As Barb and Ellie's friendship grows, they find they need to lean on each other during the tumultuous times they're living through. The civil rights movement, women's liberation, and the Vietnam War surge like tidal waves through their world and lives.

Both women have to decide whether to change with the times or keep getting stuck in the onesies. Striving for the Tensies together, they're lucky to have each other to laugh and lean on.

From Goodreads:
You'll fall in love with Barb and Ellie, two housewives, raising kids in the tumultuous 60’s in the D.C. suburbs. Their antics make Lucy and Ethel look tame as they evolve from the Donna Reed lifestyle to that of independent women without taking part in the bra-burning marches. Their husbands, Jake and Will, are also as close as brothers and the friendship becomes more like family than friends.

The issues of the 1960s are intertwined, racism, women’s rights, the Viet Nam war, just to name a few. Southern roots ran deep and in the ‘60’s, those roots were dug up and exposed. Stuck in the Onesies shows some of the evolution through its characters as well as the events of the decade.

Stuck in the Onesies will help you to understand the struggles on both sides and how as a society, we tried to bring equality to everyone. Sometimes succeeding, and sometimes not.


About Diana
From Diana's website
1. When did you know you wanted to write?

– I’ve always loved to write. The earliest I can remember is in second grade when my teacher, Miss Thelen (does anyone know her?) told my parents I had a knack for it. I’d written a story about a filly and named it after her. I think she was just flattered, is all. Anyway, I wrote long letters to friends when I moved 400 miles away back in the days of unlimited long distance calling and I was reduced to letter writing. I’m thinking it paid off.

2. How long did you work on your first novel, Stuck in the Onesies?

– I started SITO a year or so after my mother died and worked on it most weekends for probably ten years while working full time, raising a family, and taking mail-in writing courses (pre-internet).

3. Is this a work of fiction or memoir?

– SITO is fiction loosely based on life growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the turbulent 1960s.

4. Do you have any other books in the works?

– Yes, SITO is number one of a trilogy that will take the reader through the struggles of working in a man’s world as well as pirates in the Caribbean (sans Johnny Depp). 

5. What’s your favorite book?

– I love “My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood,” “Good in Bed,” and “The Help.” Oh yeah, then there’s “Gone with the Wind.”

6. Who is your favorite author?

– Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner are my favorites.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

– Hang out with my kids and ten grandkids, put my feet in the sand somewhere near the water (never met a beach I didn’t like), and go to the movies.

Earlier Event: September 2
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Later Event: May 27
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