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It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation's attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grandPan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes city of light even more repute.

Against this rich historical backdrop lives Louisa Barrett, the attractive, articulateheadmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls. Protected by its powerful all-male board, Miss Barrett is treated as an equal by the men who control the life of the city. Lulled by her uniquerelationship with these titans of business, Louisa feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal, and to question everything and everyone she holds dear.

Both observer and participant, Louisa Barrett guides the reader through the culture and conflicts of a time and place where immigrant factoryworkers and nature conservationists protest violently against industrialists, where presidents broker politics, where wealthy Negroes fight for recognition and equality, and where women struggle tothrive in a system that allows them little freedom.

Wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, City of Light remains a work completely of its own era, and of ours as well. Astirring literary accomplishment, Lauren Belfer's first novel marks the debut of a fresh voice for the new millennium and heralds a major publishing event.

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Synopsis:

In 1901 Buffalo, New York, Louisa Barrett, the progressive headmistress of the exclusive Macaulay School for Girls, stumbles upon a secret involving the powerful members of her school board that could destroy everything for which she has worked as well as her relationship with her goddaughter and the child's widowed father. A first novel. Reprint.

Synopsis:

The exploitation of Niagara Falls to generate electricity leads to a murder involving members of Buffalo's ruling class. The heroine is a high-society school teacher who investigates and through her eyes is seen the conflict between industrialists and environmentalists of the day. A first novel.

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307764027
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Belfer, Lauren
Author:
Lauren Belfer
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women school principals.
Subject:
Industrial revolution
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Buffalo
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030826
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
512

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

City of Light
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Product details 512 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307764027 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1901 Buffalo, New York, Louisa Barrett, the progressive headmistress of the exclusive Macaulay School for Girls, stumbles upon a secret involving the powerful members of her school board that could destroy everything for which she has worked as well as her relationship with her goddaughter and the child's widowed father. A first novel. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , The exploitation of Niagara Falls to generate electricity leads to a murder involving members of Buffalo's ruling class. The heroine is a high-society school teacher who investigates and through her eyes is seen the conflict between industrialists and environmentalists of the day. A first novel.
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