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The story is set in the city of Buffalo, New York in 1901, as the Pan-American Exposition's planning and construction is under way. The main character and narrator, Louisa Barrett, is headmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls, inspired by The Buffalo Seminary and is a very influential woman in a time of male predominance. The first major event in the book is the death of Karl Speyer, an engineering hero that designed the generators for the hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls. This causes a chain of events that leads Louisa to become involved in the struggle of the city's hierarchy for control of Niagara.

It was revealed in the novel that Louisa Barrett was sexually abused by the former president Grover Cleveland. She couldn't speak up because she feared the same fate as Maria Halpin—who had been sent to an asylum.

Thomas Sinclair realizes that Grace looks a lot like Louisa Barrett - Grace's godmother and real mother. Louisa's enthusiasm for Grace reinforces this idea - she loves Grace because she is her real mom.

This Paperback is in Excellent condition, (nearly "AS NEW") Printed 1999, 519 pages, 16cms x 23cms tall.

MY BOOK QUALITY DESCRIPTIONS:- BRAND NEW ... Never been read. EXCELLENT ... Nearly "As New" with mention of specific faults. VERY GOOD .. May have some defects with the cover or some writings inside. GOOD ... readable but may have browning, sunning, and rust spots. REASONABLE ... A readable book with maybe light damage to spine and cover, EX LIBRARY .. What you see is what you get, with description of faults. At the end of the day, please feel free to ASK about the condition of the book. What may suit a reader may not suit a collector.

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