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Under a Copper Moon

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the New York Post branded Jerome, Arizona the "Wickedest Town in America." From mine explosions, rowdy men, and enterprising prostitutes to Chinese slavery, opium dens, and a lonely sheriff, a young girl fights her way to independence and respect. It's 1894 and a young woman finds herself alone and hopeless after her mother dies, ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Cherokee McGhee
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Rayna Zwerlein
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After visiting the small museum in Jerome, Arizona, I was curious about what life was like for women in this mining town. The author has put together a beautiful story about a young 16 year old mail order bride who has to survive in this town. Integrated in this story Is the tragedy of miners dying, limited jobs for women, both American born and Chinese immigrants, law and order and other universal themes like live and friendship. The writing style is user friendly and I completed it in three da ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's obvious that Greg did his homework before writing this novel. The effective and thorough research, just the right amount of imagery, colorful characters, and a fast moving plot created a story that kept me entertained from start to finish (a satisfying finish, I might add).

The story gives the reader a glimpse of how the characters deal with diversity and its hardships in an era where societal rules and expectations were much more stringent than they are today. I look forward to more histor
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I bought this book because I like to purchase books while traveling that are written by local authors about the places I'm visiting. Sadly, in my opinion, this one missed the mark just a bit. The story was entertaining enough but after actually visiting the town of Jerome, I found that none of the charm of the run-down town was really reflected in the book. The story could have been set in any mining town in the late 1800's and the story was a but predictable. Not one of my favorite travel reads ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I expected this book to be a non-fiction book as I generally don't read fiction. I read it anyway and was pleasantly surprised. The book was well researched and well written. I have actually been to Jerome, AZ and it is indeed perched on a cliff. Several whore houses still stand but one that housed the "Caribbean Queen" was beginning to slide down the cliff yet was still for sale. It's a neat little place to visit and would be even more awesome to visit now that I've read this book.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a charming book, loved reading about the adventures of Inez. Inez suffers scrutiny and loss and bounces back, when she comes across some delightful parlor house ladies who each have very different personalities. They welcome Inez into their fold and this presents some fun moments. A handsome sheriff comes to town....This is a feel good book, with warmth, humor and just a touch of sadness.
Leah Pileggi
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Leah by: A stranger in an independent bookstore
While I felt as though I was back in time with the characters in this book, I had some trouble with the writing style. I would have preferred simple tag lines, so it broke the flow of the story for me. And I wanted a surprising twist of some kind, something unexpected.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Especially if you have visited Jerome AZ, I had the opportunity to be there, its living history and reading this makes it vivid
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Greg Lilly grew up in Bristol, Virginia then lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. The rich storytelling tradition of the South captivated him and he began writing. He first turned to creating short stories after plot lines and characters emerged from the technical manuals he wrote for a large family-owned corporation. His first novel, Fingering the Family Jewels – a Derek Mason Mystery, grew from t

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