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An elegant woman : a novel

Author: Martha McPhee
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"On a winter day in 1910, at a train station in Ohio, two girls wait in the cold with their mother to begin a new life in the West. Tommy, the eldest, feels responsible for her sister, and in the years to come, as their mother campaigns for women's suffrage and teaches in one-room schoolhouses across Montana, she takes care of Katherine: trapping animals, begging, keeping house, cooking, while her sister goes to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Social problem fiction
Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McPhee, Martha.
An elegant woman
New York : Scribner, 2020
(DLC) 2020004876
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha McPhee
ISBN: 9781501179570 1501179578 9781501179587 1501179586
OCLC Number: 1124337546
Description: 405 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Martha McPhee.

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"On a winter day in 1910, at a train station in Ohio, two girls wait in the cold with their mother to begin a new life in the West. Tommy, the eldest, feels responsible for her sister, and in the years to come, as their mother campaigns for women's suffrage and teaches in one-room schoolhouses across Montana, she takes care of Katherine: trapping animals, begging, keeping house, cooking, while her sister goes to school. But as soon as Katherine graduates, Tommy makes a decision that will change the course of both of their lives--separating the two sisters forever, sending one to California and the other to New York. A profound meditation on memory, history, and legacy, ten years in the writing, An Elegant Woman follows one woman over the course of the 20th century, taking the reader from a drought-stricken farm in Montana to a yellow Victorian in Maine; from the halls of a psychiatric hospital in London to a wedding gown fitting at Bergdorf Goodman; from a house in small town Ohio to a family reunion at a sweltering New Jersey pig roast. Through betrayals, revelations, separations, and reunions, the story illuminates the complexities of class, race, feminism, and family, the sacrifices and compromises that go into making a life."--

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