The Blue Pendant shows the blossoming relationship between two women in the Sixties
Valerie Duncan takes an in-depth look at the prejudices often involved in same-sex relationships
Valerie Duncan begins her novel in 1962, where her protagonists, Jo and Jenny, meet at college. They soon realise that they both share a love for music, theatre and poetry. As they grow closer, their love for each other grows into something more than friendship. To the outside world, they appear to be just great friends; behind closed doors, they discover an intense passion for one another...
One day, Jenny makes the snap decision to flee to France, fearing that her love for Jo will be discovered. Back in London, Jo becomes the editor of a magazine and is very well known within her field. The novel follows their separate lives and depicts their individual struggles as they try to move on from each other. Though they both find happiness in their lives, they both feel that something is missing. Can love bring Jo and Jenny back together? Or will the fear of discovery keep them apart forever?
Valerie Duncan has spent the majority of her working life in credit management. In her latter years she became the manager of two departments for a global corporation. Writing and poetry have always taken a predominant stance in the author’s life – she says she ‘learnt her reality’ from them. Valerie is available for interview, and review copies of The Blue Pendant are available on request.
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