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The Bag Lady Has 3 Faces: Song Becomes a Novel and a Movie

Songstress Erykah Badu popularized the phrase “bag lady” in a song by the same title. The song became a book and will soon be a movie.

Chicago, IL, December 20, 2006 --( Songstress Erykah Badu popularized the phrase “bag lady” in a song by the same title. Her song wasn’t about homeless women pushing shopping carts containing everything they own. Yet, the women she sang about were just as lost and overburdened. Badu’s bag ladies carried all of their fears, disappointments, anger, lack of self-worth—all their “issues”—like massive bags of garbage.

Why would a woman continue to carry such a load, blocking her blessings that would surely come if she’d just dump the garbage? Badu doesn’t tell us why in her song, but author Alethea Pascascio picks up where Badu’s song ends. Pascascio’s debut novel, Bag Lady, is the twisted journey of how one woman came to be a bag lady and why she can’t seem to put down her bags filled with lies, rejection, low self-esteem and deception.

The message within the story is so alluring that a renowned screenwriter contacted Ms. Pascascio asking permission to write Bag Lady’s screenplay.

Today, Ms. Pascascio shared her feelings about the success and appeal of her debut novel. “I am just elated about everything that is happening. I knew in my heart when I was writing Bag Lady that it would be perfect for film adaptation. The story line is dynamic and the characters are mind-boggling yet true-to-life. As far as the message, it will always be valid, because for every person who drops his/her baggage, there are three or four people standing in line to pick it up. Baggage is like a nice Coach purse - if you chose to - you can have it forever.”

The main character, Faith Donnovan, stores all of her memories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse deep within her only to have them resurface in her future relationships. This results in her falling “crazy in love” with a string of dysfunctional men—whose vices include drugs, other women and in one weird case, the occult.

"By the time you finish reading Bag Lady, you're sure to throw out any issues you may have been carrying around. Alethea Pascascio has written a drama-packed story that will hold your attention from page one to the last page." – Shelia M. Goss, National Bestselling Author of My Invisible Husband and Roses are thorns, Violets are true

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