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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(by- Linda )

It's 1946, and in Bright Leaf, North Carolina, tobacco is the primary crop, livelihood, and driving force for its economy. Maddie is 15 years old and spends the summer with her aunt, the town's seamstress, helping design and sew dresses for the wealthy wives of the tobacco executives.

It's an emotional story. Knowing the dangers of tobacco, especially to pregnant women, the tobacco executives ignore the warnings and continue marketing cigarettes to pregnant women- actually going as far as designing MOMimt cigarettes specifically for women- safe even the pregnant woman.

Maddie discovers a letter about these potential side effects and wants to rally support from the town's women. She's conflicted because she is aware of the town's dependence on tobacco but is also determined to do the right thing.

This book is engaging but also insightful. Great for historical fiction fans

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