Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

Adult Book Club

"The Daring Ladies of Lowell" by Kate Alcott

Join us to discuss April's book club selection, The Daring Ladies of Lowell by # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. 

"From the New York Times bestselling author of TheDressmaker comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Massachusetts--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.
 
Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.”  In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend—a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell.
 
But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances.  Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself.
 
This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel.  Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, The Daring Ladies of Lowell brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship." --Provided by the publisher.

The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Copies are available for check-out.

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    "Daring Ladies of Lowell" by Kate Alcott