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An elegant and captivating novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. This book tells the story of 25-year old Katey Kontent; armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, she embarks on a journey as a secretary on Wall Street to the upper echelons of 1938 New York City society in search of a brighter future. [From publisher's description]
1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fianc�e, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home...
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