City of Ash

City of Ash

A Novel

Book - 2011
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When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge.

Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone.

Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream.

The two women engage in a fierce battle for center stage, but the great Seattle fire, which ravages the city, changes their fates and plans. In its aftermath, Ginny and Bea see an opportunity to change their lives: but it would mean banding together to enact a truly wicked plan. Their dark and perilous alliance will set them on the path to either redemption or damnation.

Baker & Taylor
Meeting at the eve of Seattle's 1889 Great Fire, stock company actress Beatrice Wilkes and aristocrat Geneva Langley find their initial ambitions to achieve happier lives through each other profoundly transformed by an alliance forged by a shared fight for survival.

Baker
& Taylor

Meeting at the eve of Seattle's 1889 Great Fire, stock company actress Beatrice Wilkes and aristocrat Geneva Langley find their initial ambitions to achieve happier lives through each other profoundly transformed by an alliance forged by a shared fight for survival. Original.

Publisher: New York : Broadway, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307461032
0307461033
Characteristics: 432 p. ; 21 cm

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Aug 06, 2011

So awful, I didn't get very far before I had to stop altogether.

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