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A Well-Behaved Woman
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Therese Anne Fowler was born in Illinois and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA in sociology and an MFA in creative writing. She taught undergraduate fiction writing and was editorial assistant for the literary magazine Obsidian III before leaving to write fiction full-time. ThereseAnneFowler.comtwitter.com/ThereseFowlerfacebook.com/thereseannefowler.books

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A very lively read - IndependentA pacy, elegant novel, powered by a heroine who parlays her pluck into real clout. - Mail on SundayFascinating . . . a glittering depiction of a woman ahead of her time who absolutely refused to be second best - RedA fascinating tale of liberation and self-sufficiency that conjures up the work of Edith Wharton . . . a wholly absorbing tale that transports the reader to the Gilded Age of the 1800s. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon-in-bed read. - StylistTherese Anne Fowler's portrait of this feisty, forward-thinking woman is enthralling - Good HousekeepingSure to enthral - Harper's BazaarThis novel is a treat. Fowler's attention to period detail is both mesmerising and delicately drawn and the cast of recognisable characters such as the Astors, the Mandevilles and those from the British aristocracy are intriguing. The novel offers an unsentimental, thought provoking and nuanced examination of an extraordinary life during a time where women were grossly undervalued and oppressed. Alva demanded and achieved more, altering the course of women's lives in unprecedented ways. Fowler has articulated her narrative in an utterly fascinating account of gender politics that still bears a deep resonance today. Alva's story has been resurrected and made newly unforgettable. - Irish TimesA very lively read . . . with Alva's social manoeuvring depicted in all its glory, along with her willingness to defy social convention as an advocate of African American rights, a divorcee and, later, a prominent campaigner for women's suffrage. - Irish News

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