Girl in the River — Quick Look

A working girl’s tale of desperation, desire and defiance, set in Portland, Oregon during the corrupt and permissive years of World War II and the crackdown that follows.

Girl in the River starts with a bang and hums right along—like one of those hardboiled film noir movies…smart and raw, full of sassy dialog. — Maryka Biaggio, author of Parlor Games, a novel

Critical acclaim:

. . . the nuanced characterizations and social message serve each other, reaffirming the idea that the personal is indeed political. —Kirkus Reviews

If only history classes were this rich and enjoyable. Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl and Stud Book.

An extraordinary page-turner of a novel, featuring crooked cops, sensation-minded reporters, moralistic politicians, and always-vulnerable women who turn out smarter and craftier than all the rest.Rickie Solinger, author of The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law

Enticing both as history and story, Girl in the River is also a timely reminder of how much remains at stake as the battle over women’s bodies continues. —Elinor Langer, author of Josephine Herbst and A Hundred Little Hitlers

A riveting story with a feisty working-class heroine whose feelings, attitudes, and choices accurately reflect the times within which she lived as well as her individual biography. Johanna Brenner, author of Women and the Politics of Class

Girl in the River doesn’t just capture the politics, culture, and sentiments of its times; it presents them in living color.Midwest Book Review

Readers Say:

This novel is at once gritty, sexy, funny, shocking, compassionate and feminist. Think a mashup of Isabel Allende with noir writer like Megan Abbott or maybe Sara Paretsky (but without the murder).” – Julienne G., Amazon

“What I like second best about this novel is that it dares greatly. What I like best about it is that it succeeds.” – Johnathan, Goodreads

A smart, noirish, full-blooded novel with vivid characters and gut-hitting dialogue…” – Rich Rubin, Amazon

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Another Read Through (Portland, OR) available only on the shelves

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Goodreads comparative title list:

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean RhysAddToGoodreads
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio
The Revolt of Mamie Stover by William Bradford Huie
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
Rent Girl by Michelle Tea (graphic novel)

books on tableTags/Keywords

Historical Fiction, Crime, Noir, Drama, Realistic Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Social History, Portland, Portland History, Alt Sex, Reproductive Rights, Depression Era, Mid-Century, 1950’s, Early Feminism, Feminist, Sex Work, Pacific Northwest, Gritty, Power Dynamics of Sex, Coming of Age, Abortion Rights, Working life of women, Corruption, Romance, Friendship, Lesbian, Prostitution