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Monday, February 22, 2016

New Book Alert & Cover Reveal: The Gilded Cage by Judy Alter

I often bring new and upcoming books to your attention, but I rarely get to be part of bringing a cover unveiling to you all and that is what I get to do today!  I get to help unveil the cover of The Gilded Cage by Judy Alter.  But let's build up the suspense a little bit by learning about this upcoming book first.  I'm excited about the fact that this is a Gilded Age book not set in New York or Newport like the majority are, but instead Chicago!

Book Blurb:
Born to a society and a life of privilege, Bertha Honoré married Potter Palmer, a wealthy entrepreneur who called her Cissy. Neither dreamed the direction the other’s life would take. He built the Palmer House Hotel, still famed today, and become one of the major robber barons of the city, giving generously to causes of which he approved. She put philanthropy into deeds, going into shanty neighborhoods, inviting factory girls to her home, working at Jane Addams’ settlement Hull House, supporting women’s causes. 
It was a time of tremendous change and conflict in Chicago as the city struggled to put its swamp-water beginnings behind it and become a leading urban center. A time of the Great Fire of 1871, the Haymarket Riots, and the triumph of the Columbian Exposition. Potter and Cissy handled these events in diverse ways. Fascinating characters people these pages along with Potter and Cissy—Carter Harrison, frequent mayor of the city; Harry Collins, determined to be a loser; Henry Honoré, torn between loyalties to the South and North; Daniel Burnham, architect of the new Chicago—and many others. 
The Gilded Cage is a fictional exploration of the lives of these people and of the Gilded Age in Chicago history.

Advanced Praise for The Gilded Cage:

The Gilded Cage is a wonderful recreation of early Chicago and the people who made it what it is. Central character Cissy Palmer is a three-dimensional, real, vibrant person. The Gilded Cage is fiction, but firmly based on fact—the Chicago Fire, the prisoners from the War Between the States interred in Chicago, the newcomer Potter Palmer, the explosive growth of wealth in a prairie town, deep poverty adjacent to great riches—the American experience laid bare. You don’t have to be a Chicagoan to love this book.” -Barbara D’Amato, author of Other Eyes


The Gilded Cage by Judy Alter
Publication Date: April 2016
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

About Judy Alter:
Judy Alter is the award winning author of fiction for adults and young adults. Other historical fiction includes Libbie, the story of Elizabeth Bacon (Mrs. George Armstrong) Custer; Jessie, the story of Jessie Benton Frémont and her explorer / miner / entrepreneur / soldier / politician husband; Cherokee Rose, a novel loosely based on the life of the first cowgirl roper to ride in Wild West shows; and Sundance, Butch and Me, the adventures of Etta Place and the Hole in the Wall Gang.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not wild about the cover, but a book set in Chicago during that period sounds interesting. I'm going to watch for it.


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