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City of Light by Lauren Belfer
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Jul 19, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: adults
Read in June, 2007

Really liked this book: a good story, compelling. Takes place in late 1890s to early 1900s, in Buffalo, NY. The backdrop is the Pan-American Exibition and city fathers/businessmen are readying the city, as this event will draw thousands, including politicians, and getting your city noticted never hurts. But that is just the backdrop (and, no it is not a murder story as in Devil in the White City, also featuring a world's fair, and the wonder of electricity). Louisa Barrett is the headmistress of a girls' school, and as such she is part of the inner circle of Buffalo, unlike most women in town,who are married and whose primary role is wife/helpmeet. However, Louisa is still a woman, and knows she needs to keep to a certain, limited role. Louisa has a secret. All of her actions are driven by it, and thus the story moves. It is always fascinating to me to read an author's first novel, and to see how well she portrays the attitudes of the time, the status of things, social, scientific, etc.
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