Manhattan Novelist Awarded The Garcia Memorial Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year
Diana Forbes wins prestigious honor for her debut novel, Mistress Suffragette
By: Diana Forbes, Author
Sex and the Suffrage movement collide in Diana Forbes's debut novel, Mistress Suffragette. A brilliantly crafted work of historical fiction that unfolds against the backdrop of Manhattan's Gilded Age, Mistress Suffragette has earned high critical praise. In a Starred review, Kirkus calls Mistress Suffragette "a sprightly, winning historical novel." San Francisco Review of Books reports "writing of this quality is rare…a very welcome debut." New Theory Magazine notes: "the plight of the clever main character, Penelope, has a timelessness that every 21st century woman will recognize."
About Mistress Suffragette: Sheltered but feisty Penelope Stanton, growing up in Gilded Age, Newport, Rhode Island is tarnished by her father's bankruptcy during the Panic of 1893.Penelope quickly attracts the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women. After she flees him to nearby Boston, Penelope, by necessity, becomes a paid public speaker in the early women's suffrage movement. Now she's speaking out on women's issues from Boston to New York. But will her disastrous choices in love unravel everything she's fighting for? In the glittering age where a woman's reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope will be forced to discover her hidden reserves of courage and tenacity—and she'll have to decide whether to compromise her principles for love.
A mesmerizing tale that blends elements of history, romance, and women's fiction, Mistress Suffragette is a beautifully-
According to Susan Violante, editor of Reader Views, "We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of entries in this year's Reader Views Literary Awards. This year's awards program featured numerous outstanding works of fiction. Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes was a true standout. This incredible novel has it all: excellent writing, a mesmerizing storyline, and memorable, realistic characters. Mistress Suffragette is an exemplary work of fiction and it is our honor to recognize this title as recipient of the Garcia Memorial Prize for Fiction."
Diana Forbes is a 9th generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her 19th century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. Visit Diana Forbes online at: www.DianaForbesNovels.com
Published by Penmore Press, Mistress Suffragette is available in trade paper and eBook editions. Mistress Suffragette is available where fine books are sold. The Reader Views Awards is an annual literary awards program that recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Founded in 2005, Reader Views (www.readerviews.com ) is based in Austin, Texas. The Garcia Memorial Prize honors the life and memory of Garcia, one of the finest Old English Sheepdogs to have ever roamed the earth. Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about the Garcia Memorial Prize or author Diana Forbes are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@
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