Sonnets in Waking Moments – historical fiction – by Joszann St. John

Sonnnets 3-e coverSet largely in Canada and New York City, Sonnets in Waking Moments recounts the challenges of life and living during the Great Depression. Beginning in The Junction neighborhood, a Toronto manufacturing community which experienced many highs and lows during its varied history. To a convent in New York City, that housed a school for girls.  The characters are lifelike. Their individual stories create many memorable and inspiring moments. As they draw us into their world, of poverty, frustration, verbal and physical fights, the highs and lows of love and the opulence of the wealthy.

The novel captures the essence of social relationships, while delving into the unique quirks and traits of some of the more major characters. Every decade has its own culture, and the zeitgeist of the 1930s, in Toronto and New York City comes to life, in ‘Sonnets in Waking Moments’. The years emerging after World War Two, was characterized by many new experiences. Women had now entered the work force in larger numbers, tackling and succeeding at jobs, traditionally recognized as the male domain. Defining moments include the first royal visit in 1939 by a reigning monarch to Canada and America, and the lasting legacy, of the rich and vibrant immigrant heritage as seen in the Irish history of New York City. Join Anna Agnelli, Ralph, Viola, Frank, and other personalities as they journey through the turbulent decades of the 1930s and 1940s in Sonnets in Waking Moments.