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City of Light By Lauren Belfer

City of Light
by Lauren Belfer

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City of Light by Lauren Belfer

Louisa Barrett, the headmistress of a prestigious girls school in Buffalo in 1901 is a forward-looking, independent young woman. But the secret of her illegitimate daughter - which connects her to the highest echelons of US government - continually underlines the fragility of her respected position within the city s patriarchal society, and overshadows her budding relationship with two suitors. Both are involved in the clash between capitalists and conservationists over use of the Niagara Falls to generate electricity, which turns ugly when two key figures in the hydroelectric business drown in separate incidents. Inexorably, Louisa is drawn into the deadly brew, which comes to a head in startling, dramatic and moving climax. With fascinating period detail and an unerring, richly complex recreation of an entire society, City of Light is a superb, scintillating debut.

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City of Light Reviews

Rich in historical detail, this is a sparkling and intelligent debut novel - Good Book Guide

City of Light is a remarkable blend of murder, mystery, tantalising love story and political intrigue, and Louisa is a complex and believable heroine. It all adds up to a stunning first novel. - Shine

About Lauren Belfer

Lauren Belfer grew up in Buffalo, where she was educated at the school that forms the model for her heroine s establishment. She has an MFA from Columbia University, and now lives in New York with her husband and son.

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City of Light by Lauren Belfer
Lauren Belfer
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Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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