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Young Woman Fights Life of Despair as Fish Cutter

Discrimination of the Low-Income Class Bared in Novel available as an e-Book

MEDIA RELEASE – Tomorrow or Ashes, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released as a Web-e-Book®, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited novels. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for the Tomorrow or Ashes e-book.

In the novel Tomorrow or Ashes, Richard M. Baker, Jr. introduces us to his backyard in a masterful marriage of fact and fiction. The author transports us across the Fore River in Portland, Maine to the working-class community of fishermen and fish processors on Commercial Street’s waterfront piers in the early 1960s, a time of erosive loss of business and jobs to competitive operations in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In Portland, three to five hundred fishing industry workers hang on to menial jobs on the city’s decaying wharves.

Baker builds a powerful story from the wretched setting and plight of Mildred Day, a young fish-cutter with enough pride and foresight to hope for something better. Through her, Baker reveals much about the less fortunate burdened with thankless jobs and the humiliation of demeaning social persecution.

The author recruits nineteen-year-old Millie to the cause of protesting a sorry state of human existence by finding a way out before becoming a victim. Page-by-page, inch-by-inch, Millie is given the chance to be a heroine for tenacity. Hindered by the indignation of her low, social status and lack of inexperience, Millie escapes one trap and falls prey to others as we follow her flight from down and out to up and fighting.

Tomorrow or Ashes contemplates the possibilities when a young adult calls upon her last reserves of hope. Tired, under-fed, misjudged, Millie Day is determined to find a better tomorrow despite the smoldering remains of her past.

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“I should burn my clothes and wash and wash and wash, until I don’t smell anymore.”

“Cops she thought, and was sure when the car stopped, its gears were shifted and it began to come back for her”

“What could she ever do for work anywhere else? Again, she considered whoring, but was afraid even to try that and be scorned for her slight sexless body, have her present complete disinterest in the sex act discovered and be beaten by some maddened client,”

“Me too,” said the fireman, a heavy one, wishing that he could get outside and take off his helmet. Under it, his hair was completely wet. “It must have plastered the room ‘an those people with range oil”

“Spineless, gutless,” he called himself in a whisper on the way. “Florence could chase that promise right out of you.”

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