The Blue Orchard

The Blue Orchard

Book - 2010
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On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. Through sheer force of will and a few chance encounters, she manages to teach herself to read and becomes a nurse. But Verna's new life falls to pieces when she is arrested for assisting a black doctor with illegal surgeries. As the media firestorm rages, Verna reflects on her life while awaiting trial.Based on the life of the author's own grandmother and written after almost three hundred interviews with those involved in the real-life scandal, The Blue Orchard is as elegant and moving as it is exact and convincing. It is a dazzling portrayal of the changes America underwent in the first fifty years of the twentieth century. Readers will be swept into a time period that in many ways mirrors our own. Verna Krone's story is ultimately a story of the indomitable nature of the human spirit -- and a reminder that determination and self-education can defy the deforming pressures that keep women and other disenfranchised groups down.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
ISBN: 9781439186688
Branch Call Number: FICTION Taylor
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Blue orchard : a novel


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nycpubliclibrary Sep 04, 2012

The struggles of this young girl to achieve a nursing degree is impressionable. Strong willed woman made a difference in the lives of many men and women. She had spunk and determination. A great read.


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