An Elegant Woman
“A portrait of self-creation in the vein of F. Scott Fitzgerald”,” (The Wall Street Journal) An Elegant Woman is “a rich exploration of legacy and memory” (Entertainment Weekly) that follows four generations of women against the sweep of 20th century American history.
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Drawn from the author’s own family history, An Elegant Woman is a story of discovery and reinvention, following four generations of women in one American family. As Isadora, a novelist, and two of her sisters sift through the artifacts of their forebears’ lives, the narrative shifts to a winter day in 1910 at a train station in Ohio. Two girls wait in the cold with their mother – the mercurial Glenna Stewart – to depart for a new life in the West. While Glenna campaigns in Montana for women’s suffrage and teaches in one-room schoolhouses, Tommy selflessly cares for her little sister, Katherine – but when Katherine graduates, Tommy seizes control of her fate, making a decision that will change the course of both their lives.
Tracing one woman’s life through the twentieth century, An Elegant Woman is an evocative journey through the stories we tell ourselves and what we leave out.
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