The Shopkeeper's Wife

The Shopkeeper's Wife

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Beginning employment as the maid to the pregnant wife of a prosperous shopkeeper in 1886 Philadelphia, Hanna Willer finds her life turned upside down when her employer's husband dies under mysterious circumstances and she becomes caught up in the middle of a murder trial

Blackwell North Amer
In 1886 Philadelphia, Hanna Willer begins employment as a maid-of-all-work for Isabelle Martin, the pregnant wife of a prosperous shopkeeper. Hanna, fresh from her rural home, is a quietly observant and practical young woman. Isabelle is lonely and restless, dangerously discontented with her life and obsessed with her reckless pursuit of happiness. Yet despite their differences, the two forge an unconventional friendship.
But when Mr. Martin dies under suspicious circumstances, and the evidence points to Isabelle, Hanna finds herself thrust into the midst of a murder trial that becomes a touchstone for the shifting values of modern society. As she wrestles with her role, she confronts the attitudes that city life has bred in her - attitudes about what is possible between men and women; what is fair and not fair in the lives of her immigrant friends; and what one person can do in the face of large, powerful forces like the press, public opinion, and accepted wisdom.

Baker
& Taylor

Beginning employment as the maid to the pregnant wife of a prosperous shopkeeper in 1886 Philadelphia, Hanna Willer finds her life turned upside down when her employer's husband dies under mysterious circumstances and she becomes caught up in the middle of a murder trial.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312193331
0312193335
Branch Call Number: SIC
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm.

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