With a portfolio of drawings under her arm and a red feather
in her hat, Marel Gordon came to the city, determined to
establish herself as an illustrator of children's books.
Hard work landed her a job with an exciting literary agency.
The job was not all glamour, but to Marel success seemed
very close. Then, when a young writer, Chris Mallory, came
to play an increasingly large part in her life, she found
that she wanted more than a career. Despite warnings that
two people could not successfully manage both their jobs and
a home, Marel and Chris were married. They were young and
they planned carefully. They shared the dish washing as well
as each other's successes, but there was more to share and
to give up than they had counted on.