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Nancy Means Wright

Queens Never Make Bargains

Queens Never Make Bargains Book Cover

QUEENS NEVER MAKE BARGAINS is the evocative tale of three spirited Scottish-American women who carry on their lives through two world wars, a flu pandemic, and a Great Depression. The story opens with young Jessie Menzies who takes ship to America to live in a Vermont machine tool town as nanny to her pious uncle Wallace's bereaved children. The action moves in and out of a boarding house filled with eccentrics like the feisty artist Llew Arthur, whose polio forces him to paint propped up against a shaky card table. It propels us into the 30's N.Y.C. theater world where a small-minded congressman succeeds in silencing the actors; and into war-time London where rebel-pilot Victoria ferries her beloved Spitfires, has a failed love affair, and mourns a lost child.

The novel explores the role of immigrants and their conflicting cultures and religions. It shows us how external events can shape and alter our lives, and how we cope with and survive them.

Reviews & Comments:

"…Allusions to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland surface throughout; Vicky, for example, with her sheer will and zest for life, is depicted as the story's "Red Queen." But while Lewis Carroll might have stated in that tale that "Queens never make bargains," the author effectively shows how the Menzies women have no such luck. Constrained by the demands of family, time and place, even the one weapon they have—sexuality—often backfires. Yet Wright shows how they constantly adapt to unyielding situations and somehow manage to make their places in society.

An often illuminating novel that lays bare the societal constraints faced by generations of women and the stark realities."
                —Kirkus Reviews, May 31, 2014

"Wright has created a compelling multi-generational drama worthy, in breadth of historical and social setting, of a Masterpiece Theatre…."
                —Alison Kirk, author of True to Herself: One Vermont Writer's Lifetime of Making Good Things from Bad

Read chapters one and two from Queens Never Make Bargains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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