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The story is about the Triangle Factory fire which was, prior to 9/11, the worst tragedy that ever befell New York. One hundred forty-six men, women and children were killed in a...more
The novel traces the parallel lives of Esther Gottesfeld, the last known survivor of t...more
Esther is the last living survivor of the 1911 Triangle factory fire. How did she manage to survive on a day when so many others died, including her twin sister, Pauline, and her fiance, Sam? Ruth, a feminist historian, is determined to take a thorough and accurate oral history. She senses that Esther isn't being consistent and is determined to find out why, through repeated interviews.
If the book had just been those interviews an...more
Katharine Weber, whose grandmother worked for the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in 1909, explores one woman's unreliable retelling of that experience. While this clever, haunting, and playful story works on multiple levels (with triangles the leitmotif), at core it functions as a mystery: Why didn't Esther help her fianc_
Half of this book is very interesting but Weber includes a parallel story about Rebecca's significant other, George, who writes powerful and affecting music based on patterns in nature...more
In the body of this novel, I found the major characters to be fascinating. We have Esther who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, her granddaughter who is a genetic counselor, her lover who writes amazing music and a pain-in-the-neck feminist. I was amazed that anyone could make any story with th...more
--Recommended by Connie
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Her first novel, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (of which that story was a chapter), was published by Crown Publishers, Inc. in 1995 and was published in paperback by Picador in 1996. She was named by Granta to the controversial list of 50 Best Young America...more