Deborah M Menenberg
Fiction, Historical, Women
January 2, 2020
Stella sees people for their souls. So, when she befriends a young Black woman on her way out West in 1946, there’s a lot she must unpack in order to wrap her mind around other’s prejudiced objections. As she subverts the twisted norms of the time and unashamedly adores her baby born with Down Syndrome, the privilege she’s enjoyed shatters. If you like bold characters, bouts of bright humor, and struggle inspired by real events, then you’ll love this heart-warming historical fiction.
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How does a woman become courageous? When does she learn to be formidable?
How does she become powerful enough to make a difference and change the
At the end of World War II, 19-year-old Stella leaves her job at a war factory in
Chicago to embark on a journey of unexpected consequences. Boarding a train
headed west, she meets her new best friend, a young black woman. Together they
learn the complexities and depth of discrimination and prejudice. These lessons
fuel Stella’s poignant and powerful journey that truly begins with the birth
of her Down’s syndrome daughter.
During an era when handicapped children were kept hidden, institutionalized, or
even allowed to die, Stella refuses this mindset, defying conventional thinking.
Facing her own fears and denial, she confronts society’s exclusion of those who
are different. She must accept her husband’s desertion due to his guilt over
fathering a disabled child. Even her supporters struggle with what to do and how to help. With stubborn determination, Stella rejects what she is expected to do when she realizes what she must do. When eventually confronting a school system that can legally refuse to educate those that don’t fit in, Stella becomes intent on giving voice to an ignored population.
Inspired by a true story, Uniquely Stella combines love, humor, and grace into a tale reminding us that the policies and laws governing us should always be guided by a passion for equality.