“A riveting and entertaining read from beginning to end.”
—Midwest Book Review
The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes is one woman’s witty and zany spiritual journey through which she finds love, joy and meaning for life.
For Elaine Jakes, growing up against the backdrop of World War II in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was the defining event of her childhood, creating in her a strong desire for social justice and forging a highly competitive outlook on life.
In The Curious Autobiography, author H.R. Jakes offers a fictionalized account of Elaine’s life, telling a variety of stories that involve a romantic ride in an old-fashioned car, a frightening cheese plate, a magic sword, and a cross-dressing monkey. Her story is not one, but many as she humorously reveals time and again how connected her own narrative is to that of her Welsh forebears. During the journey, Elaine, a school teacher in the vivacious and eccentric community of New Hope, Pennsylvania, gains not only an appreciation of the world but also of her heritage, herself, and God.
Rich in literary references and stories within stories, The Curious Autobiography offers an account of Elaine’s hilarious and audacious life—an account of a woman finding her way home during a journey that requires effort, creativity, and faith.
Aren’t you curious?