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The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
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Dec 29, 11

Read in December, 2011

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott follows several survivors of the Titanic. Tess Collins boarded the ship in Belfast at the very last minute when she became employed by Lady Duff Gordon a very famous dress designer. While hired as a lady's maid, her skills as a seamstress become extremely important to Lady Duff Gordon.

Once safely on American soil, all who survived become center of attention. Senator Smith proceeds to investigate how the impressive Titanic could have sunk and why so few survived. Tess witnesses the Lady as she speaks without thought to a reporter, Pinky who writes for the New York Times. Soon her words are front page news and they are not well received by those she implicates.

Basically, The Dressmaker shows the class differences that existed in this time period. It was a time of change and the beginning of Women's Rights. Alcott enhanced her fiction with historical facts. Unfortunately for me, it was rather boring and predictable and just not my cup of tea.
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