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Vera

Vera

Book - 2021 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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"Meet Vera Johnson, the uncommonly resourceful fifteen-year-old illegitimate daughter of Rose, notorious proprietor of San Francisco's most legendary bordello and ally to the city's corrupt politicians. Vera has grown up straddling two worlds - the madam's alluring sphere, replete with tickets to the opera, surly henchmen, and scant morality, and the violent, debt ridden domestic life of the family paid to raise her. On the morning of the great quake, Vera's worlds collide. As the shattered city burns and looters vie with the injured, orphaned, and starving, Vera and her guileless sister, Pie, are cast adrift. Vera disregards societal norms and prejudices and begins to imagine a new kind of life. She collaborates with Tan, her former rival, and forges an unlikely family of survivors. Together they navigate their way beyond disaster."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2021
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501157523
1501157523
Branch Call Number: F EDGAR-C
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 24 cm

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Daisybates
May 12, 2021

I have spent a lot of time in San Francisco. The author described the city well throughout the book. She also wrote in depth about the earthquake and fires of 1906. I enjoyed reading those aspects of Vera very much. Unfortunately, the characters and storyline just didn't draw me in.

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