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City of Lightby Lauren Belfer
"This is a beautifully written historical mystery. A century ago, Buffalo, New York, was one of the premier American cities. Against this fascinating backdrop, Belfer weaves the story of Louisa Barrett, a modern women beset by dark secrets and embroiled in mysteries that mirror the forces shaping the country as it moves into a new age."
Synopses & Reviews
The year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, with its booming industry and newly electrified streets, is poised for glory. Headmistress of the city's most prestigious school for girls, Louisa Barrett is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery — evidence of a murder tied to Buffalo's cathedral-like power plant at nearby Niagara Falls — or the shocking chain of events that follows.
“Breathtaking...a remarkable blend of murder mystery, love story, political intrigue and tragedy of manners.” USA Today
“An ingenious first novel…alive with historical figures who mingle seamlessly with fictional characters.” The New York Times Book Review
“Wonderful…part murder mystery, part love story.” Chicago Tribune
“Suspenseful…A historical novel of high intrigue.” People
“Get your hands on City of Light, a full-to-the-brim first novel…a straight-through, sleepless read.” Time
“A big novel, full of electricity…Niagara Falls, with currents of romance, suspense and history, cascades through City of Light… a pleasure to read.” The Oregonian
"[An] impressive debut....a stereopticon of a novel, sepia-tinged at the edges yet bursting with color at its center....What matters...is the vivid sense of the time and place that Ms. Belfer has created." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"[A] luminous and riveting first novel....In gorgeous, exacting prose, Belfer creates a compelling heroine....and in her skillful hands, we vividly see stately boulevards and mansions, parks landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, and feel the sense of promise in this almost-frontier city." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This book is part mystery and part historical melodrama, fluently mixing fact and fiction, with the sort of Victorian plot devices that gaurantee a straight-through, sleepless read. The novel is no Ragtime, but it's close — an operatic potboiler, fat with romance, politics and scandal." Time
City of Light
The year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory. With its booming industry and newly electrified streets, Buffalo is a model for the century just beginning.
Louisa Barrett has made this dazzling city her home. Headmistress of Buffalos most prestigious school, Louisa is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery: evidence of a murder tied to the citys cathedral-like power plant at nearby Niagara Falls. This shocking crime--followed by another mysterious death--will ignite an explosive chain of events. For in this city of seething intrigue and dazzling progress, a battle rages among politicians, power brokers, and industrialists for control of Niagara. And one extraordinary woman in their midst must protect a dark secret that implicates them all…
About the Author
Lauren Belfer grew up in Buffalo, New York. She received her M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University in New York City, where she now lives with her husband and son. City of Light is her first novel.
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