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The Tobacco Wives

by Adele Myers
 Historical Fiction: At its heart, this is a coming-of-age story. 15-year-old Maddie moves to Bright Leaf, North Carolina, and while helping with her aunt's business, discovers secrets about the dangers of tobacco. It tells the story of Big Tabacco and goes into when this industry realized the dangers and Maddie's struggle to do the right thing and expose them. The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers #historicalfiction, #womensfiction, #reading, #BooksToRead, #bookclub, #reading, #books, #tobaccowives, #adelemeyers

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"Fascinating...Myers's novel is as much a coming-of-age story as it is a lesson in the power of the working class to bring about change." - Washington Post

'A vibrant and warm book that feels easy to pick up and hard to put down.' - Buzzfeed

"Readers are transported back to 1946 in this fascinatingly rich debut novel... A vibrant story that sheds light on the lives of women in the post-war period." - Woman's World

"Moving...A winning debut that reveals how our past is always with us." - Toronto Star

"Myers brilliantly seduces us with her setting-a North Carolina town of beautiful socialites, opulent dresses, and elegant soirees-before revealing a terrible secret that threatens the entire community. This is a story of courage, of women willing to take a stand in the face of corporate greed, and most definitely a tale for our times." - Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

"A sparkling debut... Historical fiction fans will be pleased." - Publishers Weekly

"The Tobacco Wives is a sweep-you-away story with a lush North Carolina setting and a courageous woman at its center. What more do we want from a story than this? Myers's prose is stitched together as beautifully as the fancy dresses her protagonist Maddie Sykes sews for the elite women of this tobacco town. The question at the heart of this novel trembles with power-what happens when what we know is right conflicts with what we are being told is true? Myers's story will resonate long after you turn the last page; powerful and authentic, The Tobacco Wives is unforgettable.' - Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Surviving Savannah

"Debut novelist Myers sets her activist novel in 1946, but the causes of workers' and women's rights are timeless." - Booklist

'The future in Bright Leaf seems bright for Maddie Sykes and for the local tobacco wives who can't get enough of Maddie's glamorous gowns. But beneath the idyllic surface lie dangerous underpinnings and a choice that will test one young woman's spirit, forcing her to weigh the relative value of profits and people. A beautifully rendered portrait of a young woman finding her courage and her voice.' - Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours



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