Margo Christie, Novelist

“These Days, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip”

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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,” 15-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky finds solace in Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at her dad’s former hang-out. Then one day, as though from one of her dad’s treasured tales, into her life walks a handsome older man named Lenny Moss. Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore’s “World-Famous Block,” Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a seedy former burlesque strip where everyone has a tale about the good old days and nothing is quite as it seems.

“As original as it is addictive. A truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Available via Amazon and at these independent bookstores:

The Ivy Bookshop
The Annapolis Bookstore
Wordier than Thou

Other Published Work:
The Baltimore Sun – “Life’s Lessons in D.C.’s Old Post Office”
End of 83 – “A Tale of Four Cities”
Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore – “Gas Jockeys and Lonely Hearts”
The Baltimore Sun – “Blaze Starr and Burlesque’s ‘Big To-do’”
Voice of Baltimore – “Home is a Place You Only Think You Know”
Scraping the Red Sky: Fresh Colorado Authors

UMBC Magazine – “Life on the Edge (with a safety net)”

Loch Raven Review – “More than Drinks”
Baltimore Post-Examiner – “The Top Hat Bar and Grill”

Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore – “Once Upon a Time in a Bar on the Block”