In 1865 in New York City, wives were the property of their husbands, prostitutes were rich, and famous men were often frauds. Escaping an abusive marriage in Illinois, Daniella Maysfield find herself at the Mission for the Rescue of Fallen Women, where a savvy prostitute becomes her best friend. Inspired by real events—the speeches of Victoria Woodhull in her efforts to amend the Marriage Laws, the trial of spirit photographer William H. Mumler, and P. T. Barnum’s American Museum—Free Spirits is the story of a woman’s straggle for independence. Free Spirits is a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Prize in Historical Fiction, 2023.
For a small-town conservative mayor and his liberal activist wife, politics, principles and personalities collide when the Blessed Virgin Mary appears on an underpass, a farmer wants to build an “exact replica” of Noah’s Ark across from the State Forest, and their daughter makes a startling, life-altering decision.
Who is safer, a 23-year-old woman who plays the glass harmonica on the streets of New Orleans and lives in a commune-style house with other free spirits, con artists and petty thieves like herself, or a rising television weathercaster who resides in a luxury high rise in Chicago with her emotionally volatile husband? When Nevaeh Thera gives up her street life to live with her cousin, star meteorologist Dawn Ann McKnight and her photographer husband, Derek Baldwin, a life-threatening truth is exposed and both women learn that you can’t start over, but you can start again.
Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison reluctantly starts therapy, hoping for a change in her life, but ultimately it’s a runaway teenager who cons her out of sixty bucks, not therapy, that gives her the inspiration she’s looking for.
Courting Kathleen Hannigan is based on Mary Hutchings Reed’s (Yale Law, ’76) personal knowledge of what goes on behind those beautifully veneered law firm doors. Kathleen Hannigan shrewdly plays the partnership game with her whole heart until she is called to testify in a sex discrimination suit and is forced to choose between her partners and her principles.
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