Almost Famous Women

Almost Famous Women

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Book - 2015
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Here are fictional tales that explore the lives of unforgettable women in history such as Beryl Markham and Edna St. Vincent Milay's talented sister, Norma.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, [2015]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Description: 236 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476786568
Branch Call Number: Berg

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Giddyfeet
Sep 26, 2016

The story about the twins (connected) is almost too surreal to pass up. Read with one eye shut- then tell a friend she has to read it too. Hard to believe these women went through life like that...

QueenBoadicea Jul 17, 2015

These short stories touch the lives of women who slipped sideways through history, the ones attached to more famous siblings or who were ostracized because of race, color or sexual orientation. Some of these names were not so obscure as the writer would have us think. Dolly Wilde, Allegra (Byron’s illegitimate daughter) and Beryl Markham are names that I’ve heard about elsewhere. But these little fictions give them such breadth and weight, I couldn’t help but want to know more about them.

None of these stories are biographies, merely imagined and imaginary vignettes peering into the hearts of their female protagonists. Sometimes, the woman herself is only peripheral to the story, acting as a catalyst or providing a jolt of memory to a stranger briefly touched by her life. But, whether grim, insouciant, drug filled, pathetic or joyous, these ladies come alive in a way that makes them seem absolutely diverting. Knowing them might bring others pain but they suffuse ordinary lives with a rapture they would not have known otherwise.

FindingJane Jul 17, 2015

These short stories touch the lives of women who slipped sideways through history, the ones attached to more famous siblings or who were ostracized because of race, color or sexual orientation. Some of these names were not so obscure as the writer would have us think. Dolly Wilde, Allegra (Byron’s illegitimate daughter) and Beryl Markham are names that I’ve heard about elsewhere. But these little fictions give them such breadth and weight, I couldn’t help but want to know more about them.

None of these stories are biographies, merely imagined and imaginary vignettes peering into the hearts of their female protagonists. Sometimes, the woman herself is only peripheral to the story, acting as a catalyst or providing a jolt of memory to a stranger briefly touched by her life. But, whether grim, insouciant, drug filled, pathetic or joyous, these ladies come alive in a way that makes them seem absolutely diverting. Knowing them might bring others pain but they suffuse ordinary lives with a rapture they would not have known otherwise.

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