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Belle Cora

Fiction: Historical Fiction
Unabridged   27 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/22/2019

Belle Cora

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574773
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574766


Told with unflagging wit and verve, Belle Cora brings to life a turbulent era and an untamed America on the cusp of greatness. Its heroine is a woman in conflict with her time, who nevertheless epitomizes it with her fighting spirit, her gift for self-invention, and her determination to chart her own fate.

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"Memorable at every turn and set against the backdrop of a nineteenth century America that was, like the novel's protagonist, many different things all at once." —EDWARD RUTHERFURD, author of Paris

In the home where Arabella Godwin was raised it is forbidden to speak her name, and her picture is turned to the wall. But in the turbulent America of the 1850s, everyone knows her as "Belle Cora," madam of San Francisco's finest bordello. Judges and senators do her bidding; a vicious newspaper editor plots her downfall; a preacher looks at her from across his pulpit and tries to forget that once she was his wife. Merchant's daughter, farm girl, prostitute, mother, madam, murderess, avenger, protector—she has worn all these masks: the only thing that never changes is her tireless pursuit of the one man who can see her for who she really is.

"An enthralling historical drama . . . told with sympathy, feeling, humor, and accuracy. Phillip Margulies is a superb writer." —KEVIN BAKER, author of The Big Crowd


"Graham Rowat and Elizabeth Wiley were expertly cast as narrators, and Belle's story becomes even more enticing to listeners as the tension in the narration increases.” —Booklist

“Margulies strikes gold. . . . Belle’s remarkable story mirrors that of her young country, on the verge of civil war, and her sharp, engaging voice brings her tale to vivid life.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Enthralling. . . . Above all else, it tells a great story.” —Bookriot

“A story that will captivate historical fiction fans as they follow her exploits during a turbulent era.” —Library Journal

Author Bio

Phillip Margulies is the author or editor of many books on science, politics, and history for young adults. He has won two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.