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Bridget Quinn

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Bridget Quinn is author of She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next – illustrated by 100 women artists in honor of the centenary of the 19th Amendment – and the award-winning Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), published by Chronicle Books in 2017. Broad Strokes has been translated into four languages and selected for the Amelia Bloomer Book List of recommended feminist literature by the American Library Association. A graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a regular contributor to online arts magazine Hyperallergic, Quinn is a sought-after speaker on women and art. She is an avid sports fan and Iron(wo)man triathlete, and her Narrative magazine essay “At Swim, T ...more

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I like best the parts of us that are contradictory and most human.
This line really distills Vera's attitude at the end of her life. For me, it also captures the spirit of the novel.
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“It means I see you.” “And I see you.” Trying to make my voice sound reasonable, I added, “Why do you like her more?” “Not more,” she corrected, pointing her finger. “Easier. I can’t explain better than that. It’s easier.” I nodded, not because I wanted to agree, but because I couldn’t deny it. Easier would never be me and Rose.
Thoughout the novel, I wanted to capture how Vera thinks and feels her way to adulthood—how she essentially raises herself. This was an important moment to capture: when Vera finally has the courage to ask Rose why she favors Lifang. Of course, Rose, being so guarded, would never explain herself; everything with her is in code. It falls to Vera to answer her own question. "Easier " is a child's word—simple, direct, heartbreaking. It's easier for Rose to draw Lifang close because she isn't her real daughter and doesn't pull at her thick heartstrings. What moves between Vera and Rose is ...more
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I think of us, our lives, their savor and spark, and all the ways we never could resist the three blind kings of want, stupidity, and brashness. The heart leaps, the head conjures, the soul yearns. Desire being the one renewable fuel we have on earth, here is how we burned.
I had such a strong image of these lines—of the fire outside and also the firey personalities within the gold house. How each member of that makeshift family—Vera, Tan, Lifang, Pie—wants what he/she wants and is keen to get it. This is also a moment when the older, wiser Vera, our narrator, steps forward to name what we've been witness to. The "three blind kings of want, stupidity, and brashness." She goes on to note "here is how we burned." Those lines are a promise of what is coming. In what ways has "desire been the renewable fuel" in your life?
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But how could I live with a thief I couldn’t trust? And what would I do if Tan were to go away? I was only a girl, so tired. I undressed, hung my soot-filled clothes over the banister in the hall to air out, and put on my one nightgown. I curled in a ball on the cot and tried to quiet my mind. Rogue lay beside me, warming me. I stared into the dark room for hours. At last, the word I fixed on was fairness. I didn’t know exactly what it meant, having seen precious little of it in the world, but it came to me that maybe it was the opposite of Rose’s Show the devil the devil and he’ll say, How d’ ...more
For the first time Vera has the power to decide someone's fate. She could easily fall back to the methods of Morie or Rose and choose some form of punishment or gross power trip over Tan. Instead she reaches for fairness. In a way, she has to invent it. This is the moment when she breaks from the old ways of her two mothers and even society at large with its ample prejudices. She's forging a new path—quite literally from the ashes. Tan recognizes the shift and a partnership that is new ground for both of them begins.
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A beautiful and captivating read about a young woman surviving and thriving in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. A historical novel, yes, but also a book perfect for our time. About building community in the ashes of disaster, ab ...more
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She Votes by Bridget Quinn
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Words and art delight
Suffragettes and riot grrls
Still not equal yet"
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"Yes, I am fond of history."

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