From WILLA Award winning author Kim Taylor Blakemore... ..".inspiring and poignant historical fiction novel that will engage readers that are looking for an insightful, yet entertaining read. " 5/5 stars, Luxury Reader "lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dare to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges." - Starred Review, Kirkus "compelling, gritty, and sometimes brutal view of life on the streets." - Barnes and Noble "Gang violence, raucous carousing, sex, accidental pregnancy, and crime-not what most will expect from Victorian-era historical fiction. But that's exactly what they'll find in this tightly plotted novel..." - Booklist NEW YORK, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and street urchins, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible goals and impossible odds. The Bowery is a place where you own nothing but your dreams. And dreams are the only things that come cheap for pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee. Pleasure is fleeting - and often stolen. Nights at Lefty Malone's saloon, sneaking into the Thalia Theatre. Then it's back to their airless, windowless tenement room and the ongoing struggle to keep a roof over their heads and bread in their stomachs. The Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and things are changing in New York City. The two women fantasize of starting a new life across the East River. Nothing but a flight of fancy, perhaps, until wealthy Do-Gooder Emmeline DuPre, who has opened the Cherry Street Settlement House, steps into their lives with her books, typewriters, and promises of a way to earn a respectable living. Despite Mollie and Annabelle's fascination with the woman and what she offers, is Emmeline helping or meddling? Is it really possible to be anything other than a Bowery Girl? Mollie and Annabelle will have to decide exactly who they are, and what sort of women they want to be. Originally published by Viking, 2006.
Kim Taylor Blakemore writes historical fiction and romance that explore women's lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past. She is the author of the novels UNDER THE PALE MOON (due 2015); BOWERY GIRL; CISSY FUNK, a Willa Cather Award winner; and the interactive historical romances THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU and IT DON'T MEAN A THING. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family and really does love the rain. Visit www.kimtaylorblakemore.com.