Scenes From The York Hotel

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1960s & '70s

Lynn McKnight

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Enter 1964. Sixteen year old, Justine Johnson is living on the Southside of Chicago with hopes of landing her first summer job. Juss, as she’s called, lives in an apartment with her parents and eight siblings. Her mother is the family’s only source of income. She is desperate for her daughter to find work. With mounting pressure and having no luck landing a job, Juss is convinced that God does not exist. In the mist of a deep state of depression, she decides not to return to finish her last year of high school and sees suicide as the only way out of her miserable existence. Then a miracle! Her mother’s aunt manages - The York Hotel. She’ll pay Juss ‘under the table’ working evenings to midnight. Juss gladly goes to work. It is the hotel that gives her insight into a world she knew very little about. She gets a closeup into the lives of two pimps and their stables. If that is not enough, Juss discovers an unbelievable amount of cash in one of the rooms and has murder delivered at her feet!


Crime, Drama, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult,Urban Fiction

Short Summary

sixteen year old Justine Johnson lives on the Southside of Chicago - she’s given up on everything. Her father is a heroin addict. Her no nonsense mother supports him - eight children. With no summer job, going into her senior of high school doesn’t seem likely until she’s hired @ The York Hotel.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Twist,Urban

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Justine Johnson lives on the Southside of Chicago with hopes of landing her first summer job. Juss lives in an apart,ment with her parents and eight siblings with her mother being the only source of income. She taught her how to read well over the course of the summer — reading gas station signs, storefront posted sales on items and anything else she could find. Juss is determined to read three Nancy Drew books she is given over the course of that summer. Drawn to the cover of all three paperbacks, she is determined to read what’s inside. The challenges of her life take’s a turn for the worst when she realizes returning for her last year of school is no longer an option. No longer believing in God, Juss is at the brink of suicide when she gets a miracle from God.

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog, Desperate, Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Mr. & Mrs. Johnson — Auntie — The Cadillac Kid — Jerry Love — Stormy — Friday

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Criminal, Empathetic, Insecure, Badass, Masculine, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Seductive, Heartthrob, Sexy, Underdog, Desperate, Manipulative, Beautiful

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Hard Copy Available



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