Judy Kundert (Author)
DescriptionIt's 1967, and Katherine Roebling is a Chicago-based stewardess caught between the hold of highflying travel and the call of her Native American ancestors just as the women's movement is taking the US by storm. As she vacillates between an ever-present mystical ancestral feather and her alluring stewardess life of excitement and travel, she embarks on a journey from one adventure to the next--each episode bringing her closer to her predestined calling. A chance meeting with a college student from Athens, Greece at a Chicago Playboy Mansion Press Party and her visit to the Oracle of Delphi intertwine with Katherine's discovery of the treasure inside herself. Ultimately, she gains wings that allow her to glide over society's barriers; she abandons the so-called glamorous life she's been living, creates her own path, and embarks upon a new career at the Smithsonian in DC--one that will take her on a miraculous experience of personal growth and uncharted paths.
She Writes Press
June 18, 2019
5.5 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who's Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master's Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in the vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.
2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Women's Fiction "A former United Airlines stewardess, Kundert paints a vivid portrait of Katherine's flight attendant world, from the weigh-ins and strict dress code to the leering male passengers . . . A thoughtful and sensitively observed tale with a heroine whose adventures are worth following." --Kirkus Reviews "It's always entertaining to peek into the lives of Golden Age stewardesses--tailored designer uniforms, fawning passengers, steak and lobster meals...and, of course, girdle checks, weigh-ins, smoky cabins, and non-stop sexual harassment. But SkyQueen is more than a nostalgic jaunt. It also offers an uplifting and sometimes mystical take on young women and cultural minorities fighting for their place in a changing world." --Tiffany Hawk, author of Love Me Anyway "Her Native American ancestors guide her along the way using feathers and her beloved talisman. The story addresses a particular era in the fight for women's rights." --Booklist