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On Account of Conspicuous Women

Un libro in lingua di Dawn Shamp edito da St Martins Pr, 2008

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Welcome to Roxboro, North Carolina, a crossroads hamlet where, in 1920, tobacco and bootleg liquor thrive and most folks seem to agree that women are meant to know their place. But four extraordinary, determined young ladies are about to leave their boot prints on this small Southern town, and nothing will ever be the same.

Bertie, a hello-girl for Wheeler's Telephone Company and the only woman in Person County to own a Model T, is staunch in her support for female suffrage, and has an opinion on everything, including church, Negro rights, matrimony, and men, and considers every one of those opinions worth listening to.

Bertie's cousin Guerine, perpetually engaged to her former desk-mate from their school days, believes there's no problem that can't be solved by either a fashionable dinner party or something ordered from the back of a women's magazine. Her attempts at cooking and entertaining are legendary.

Doodle is the quiet farmer's daughter who can usually be found in men's overalls, feeding her handmade dumplings to her prize-winning geese. When her father passes away, leaving her with a shocking secret, Doodle discovers there's more to life than livestock . . . maybe even love.

Newcomer Ina is a pampered debutante, a Virginia blue blood who seems far too glamorous to be teaching in Person County's one-room schoolhouse, especially swathed in a cloud of tragedy: Her beloved husband dropped dead on their New York honeymoon.

When these four very different ladies come together in friendship, facing struggles and earning triumphs, they realize that they can achieve almost anything. These delightful, conspicuous women will steal your heart and inspire your soul.

On Account of Conspicuous Women is a wonderful tale of human nature, Southern gentility, and great social change in a small town. With her brilliant debut novel, Dawn Shamp has captured perfectly a slice of 1920s life that is still relevant today, and she has crafted a marvelous world you won't want to leave.

Dawn Shamp received an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. This is her first novel.

Roxboro, North Carolina thrives on tobacco and bootleg liquor and most folks in the southern crossroads town agree that women are meant to know their place.  Dawn Shamp's four female characters cross paths in Roxboro and their unlikely friendship, their trials and triumphs, drive her first novel, On Account of Conspicuous Women.

Bertie, a hello-girl for Wheeler's Telephone Company and the only woman in Person County to own a Model T, is staunch in her support for female suffrage, and is proud to have her own opinion on everything, including church, Negro rights, matrimony, and men. 

Bertie's cousin Guerine, perpetually engaged to her former desk-mate from their school days, believes there's no problem that can't be solved by either a fashionable dinner party or something ordered from the back of a women's magazine. Her attempts at cooking and entertaining are legendary.

Doodle is the quiet farmer's daughter who usually wears men's overalls while she feeds handmade dumplings to her prize-winning geese. When her father passes away, leaving an unexpected secret behind, Doodle discovers that there's more to life than livestock.

Local newcomer Ina is an educated Virginia blue blood who seems far out of place in Person County's one-room schoolhouse.  Once a pampered debutante, she seems out of place in all of Roxboro, especially because she has come to town alone: her new husband died suddenly in the middle of their honeymoon in New York. 

On Account of Conspicuous Women
is a character-driven tale of human nature, Southern gentility, and great social change in a small town.  Dawn Shamp has captured clearly a slice of 1920s life in the South that remains relevant today.

“In her exquisite debut, Dawn Shamp gives us an amazing portrait of four suffragette-era women struggling to find their way in 1920s rural North Carolina. Shamp's accomplishment lies not only in her characterizations but also in the deft evocation of a time and place. The detail is just fascinating, and Shamp employs it all in service of a marvelous tale . . . historical fiction at its finest.”—Lynn York, author of The Sweet Life and The Piano Teacher

“Shamp has a wickedly funny intelligence, sharp as a splinter.”—Brad Watson, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Heaven of Mercury

“With humor, wisdom, compassion, and refreshingly lively language, Dawn Shamp transports us to 1920s Roxboro, North Carolina, where the big issues of women's suffrage and racial equality are explored through the experiences and friendships of four strong-minded young women. I fell in love with Bertie, Ina, Doodle, and Guerine, as well as all the other characters inhabiting this delightful, irresistible novel.”—Pamela Duncan, author of Moon Women and The Big Beautiful

“Here is a novel that is as fulfilling and bursting with flavor as the finest of Southern meals . . . [the] characters are so real and hilarious and endearing that you'll swear they might rise right up off the page and shimmy across the room. Shamp has created a world so bright and palpable, I didn't want to leave it.”—Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and The Coal Tattoo

“Dawn Shamp's wonderful debut novel is a compelling tribute to widely varied voices: those belonging to the unforgettable women gracing the page and those whom these characters are striving to protect and offer a public forum. Race, gender, class, religion—all lines are crossed in this perfectly depicted 1920s small Southern town.”—Jill McCorkle, author of Carolina Moon and July 7th

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