KIDS & COCKTAILS DON’T MIX is a coming-of-age memoir following Heather, the pudgy granddaughter of the Governor of California, who grows up in an exclusive gated Los Angeles community with celebrities and political figures as neighbors, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. When her father leaves to chase women and riches, her mother must lure in another man to hold onto the house and the lifestyle it represents. After the father disowns Heather and her sister they, like their larger-than-life glamorous mother, must find a way to move forward. Watching the machinations of gender and power dynamics of the 1960’s and 70’s unfold in her own family, Heather becomes determined to make her own way through the world.
Unlike her mother, she vows not to rely on looks and seductions, but to find the heart underneath the gilt and glamour.
Author Bio: Heather Haldeman lives in Pasadena, California. She has a loving husband, three grown children, and two granddaughters. Her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Chicken Soup for the Soul, From Freckles to Wrinkles, Grandmother Earth, The Mom Egg and, numerous online journals. She has received first, second and third prizes for her essays.
“Funny, sly, open-hearted and beautifully written, it’s a winner from the first page to the last.” — Caitlin Flanagan, author of Girl Land
“Haldeman has crafted an enthralling tale that mixes the allure of rubbing shoulders with the glitterati with the harrowing grit underneath the sparkle.” — Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley and Me
The author has an eye for telling detail, a compelling, honest voice and a sly sense of humor, viewing the often tragic occurrences with accuracy but also love. A fascinating and entertaining memoir of tribulations and survival.— Marjorie Tesser, Editor of Mom Egg