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About the Author: Edna Ferber

Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were popular in her lifetime and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Julia (Neumann) Ferber. After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Lawrence University. She took newspaper jobs at the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal before publishing her first novel. She covered the 1920 Republican National Convention and 1920 Democratic National Convention for the United Press Association.
Ferber's novels generally featured strong female protagonists, along with a rich and diverse collection of supporting characters. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty people have the best character.
Ferber was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.


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Paperback, Published in May 2010 by Serenity Publishers, LLC

ISBN10: 1604507926 | ISBN13: 9781604507928

Page count: 160

When her brilliant but abusive husband is sent to an institution, New York newspaper reporter Dawn O'Hara Orme takes up a new career in alien territory: the only nominally American city of Milwaukee. She moves into an all-German boardinghouse and joins the staff of the only English-language newspaper in town. Under the guidance of a handsome Austrian physician and an intense, tubercular sportswriter, Dawn explores her new home town and comes to know and love it. She begins to write a novel about her experiences. Inevitably, she falls in love. But Dawn has never divorced her husband, and lives in dread that someday he will walk away from the asylum and demand that she return to him.

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