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Author Volmer, Mary, author.

Title Reliance, Illinois / Mary Volmer.

Publication Info. New York City : Soho, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Adult Fiction  FICTION VOLMER    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Adult Fiction  F VOLMER    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  F VOLMER    Check Shelf
Description 354 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in Reliance, Illinois. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad which brought them to the struggling river town. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother's younger sister, and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer, and a haunted Civil War veteran. Volmer's large-hearted, captivating novel takes in not just precocious, romantic Madelyn, but a whole town and way of life. Gossip, murder, love and hate, lace-making and drunken fist fights, sinners, saviors, and even Mark Twain himself grace the pages of Reliance, Illinois, a brilliant and beautiful window into American life during a period of tumultuous change."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Teenage girls -- Fiction.
City and town life -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
FICTION -- Historical.
FICTION -- Literary.
FICTION -- Coming of Age.
City and town life. (OCoLC)fst00862081
Teenage girls. (OCoLC)fst01145412
Illinois. (OCoLC)fst01205143
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Historical fiction.
Other Form: Online version: Volmer, Mary, author. Reliance, Illinois. New York City : Soho Press, [2016] 9781616956738 (DLC) 2015044291
ISBN 9781616956721 (hardcover)
1616956720 (hardcover)
9781616956738 (ebook)
1616956739 (ebook)
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