Rita Dragonette is a writer who, after spending nearly thirty years telling the stories of others as an award-winning public relations executive, has returned to her original creative path. The Fourteenth of September, her debut novel (She Writes Press 9/2018), is based upon personal experiences on campus during the Vietnam War, and she is currently at work on three other books: an homage to The Sun Also Rises about expats chasing their last dream in San Miguel de Allende, a World War II novel based upon her interest in the impact of war on and through women, and a memoir in essays. She lives and writes in Chicago, where she also hosts literary salons to showcase authors and their new books to avid readers.
A Coming of Conscience Novel
In 1969, as mounting tensions over the Vietnam War are dividing America, a young woman in college on an Army scholarship risks future and family to secretly join the anti-war counterculture and is ultimately forced to make a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any Lottery draftee.
“Rita Dragonette has written a strong-hearted and authentic novel about a naive young girl and her struggle to reconcile the dissonance between the world she sees and the world she was raised to believe in. Judy is truly a quiet hero; you won’t forget her.”
–– Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if By Sea
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The tag line of The Fourteenth of September is a Coming of Conscience novel. In that spirit, I am initiating a social giving program to fund a scholarship to encourage young people to engage in meaningful activism and bold personal responsibility as they continue their education.