Etta: A Novel
It had everything going for it – a gun toting kick ass heroine, a historical mystery, my favorite genre (historical fiction), my favorite time period, and even a preferred historical fiction style of mixed media – journal entries, newspapers, and straight up fiction.
Only a little bit into the book, I conceded to myself that the dialogue was a little flat, but at least the action was interesting and the character of Etta had potential. While it might not be as a...more
"Etta" is the imagined tale of an actual woman. Etta Place ran around with Butch Cassidy and was the "wife/partner" of the Sundance Kid. Then, she disappeared and now one knew anything else about her or her life. There is a ton of speculation about who and where this woman was, so what's a person to do but make up something super cool about her?
And that's what Gerald Kolpan did with "Etta". Etta is Lorinda Jamison, Philly socialite who is left orphane...more
The author of this novel took what little is known about her and filled in the blanks with fiction. The book bounces around between traditional storytelling, Etta's journal entries, newspaper articles and letters from the Sundance Kid to his father. The format makes it re...more
I really made up some serious excuses to listen to this novel. I loved the romance, the suspense and really the time period in which th...more
Now, to me, "historical fiction" is basically one of two things:
1. A story about a fictional person who lives during a historic time, or
2. A t...more
Because I didn't thoroughly read the summary, the f...more
I couldn't have been more disappointed. The character of Etta is so flat; and it's never clear WHY she's doing what she does, or how she feels as she's robbing and gun slingin'. Also, for a book that should be packed full of action and adventure, there isn't a whole lot...more
Lorinda Jameson was born in Philadelpha of prominent parents. Her father, unfortunately, became overextended and was into the Philadelphia Mafia, also known as "The Black Ha...more
Gerald Kolpan's debut novel, Etta, might have been just another western or frontier romance book but for one thing: Etta Place was an actual person.
Those of you familiar with Butch Cassidy and the...more
The thing th...more
What if Etta Place was really a Philadelphia debutante whose father was dealing with the wrong people and owed them a lot of money? W...more
Mr. Kolpan’s first novel, Etta is a fictional story of just who Kolpan imagined Etta Place might have been and where she came from.
Lorinda Reese Jameson was born to a banker and his wife. When she was just eighteen years old, her father took his own lif...more
Still, it was lacking a bit. Most of it was on the surface, Etta stuck in the tide of events that felt were conveniently put there for the benefit of the book. While I can appreciate the painstaking research and attention...more
* Kolpan's imagined life of Etta Place, the Sundance Kid's girlfriend
* Laura Bullion/Della Rose, the tough, lady-of-few-words, Harvey girl roommate of Etta
* Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid seemed like tough, interesting, loyal, Robin Hoods
* Pinkerton agent, Detective Siringo, was a worthy opponent
* Life as a Harvey girl, a waitress in a Harvey Restaurant
* Etta being a superb horsewoman and shot
* Harry's let...more
Kolpan's novel is light, entertaining fareóthe type of book one grabs on the way to a relaxing vacation. Several critics were diverted by Etta's encounters with various historical figures, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Trotsky, Pinkerton detective Charles Siringo, and Annie Oakley, even if some thought that Etta herself wasn't fully believable. Others argued that the sheer number of characters was implausible and "pushing the limits of credibility" (USA Today). Additionally, while some criti...more