A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel
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A MOTHER’S CHOICES IN A T IME OF CRISIS THREATEN THE ONE PERSON SHE MEANS TO PROTECT—HER ONLY DAUGHTER— AND FORCE HER TO MAKE THE BOLDEST MOVE OF HER LIFE.

The violet industry is booming in 1898, and a Hudson Valley farm owned by the Fletcher family is turning a generous profit for its two oldest brothers. But Ida Fletcher, married to the black sheep youngest brother, has taken up wet nursing to help pay the bills, and her daughter, Alice, has left school to work. As they risk losing their share of the farm, the two women make increasingly great sacrifices for their family’s survival, sacrifices that will set them against each other in a lifelong struggle for honesty and forgiveness. A Violet Season is the story of an unforgettable mother-daughter journey in a time when women were just waking to their own power and independence.
 

About Kathy Leonard Czepiel

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Kathy Leonard Czepiel’s short fiction has been published in numerous journals, including Indiana Review, CALYX, Confrontation, and The Pinch. She is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches writing at Quinnipiac University. A native of New York State’s mid-Hudson Valley, she now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 254 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Frank’s actions result in life-shattering revelations for both Ida and Alice: Ida, her love for her children first and foremost, chooses to make a move that is almost unprecedented for a woman of her time and circumstances.

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Frank becomes obsessed with making money to pay his brothers back and takes daughter Alice to New York City to work as a housekeeper in a brothel with the hope that she will “cross over” and earn the money he needs to pay his debts.

May 21 2012 | Read Full Review of A Violet Season: A Novel

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As they risk losing their share of the farm, the two women make increasingly great sacrifices for their family’s survival, sacrifices that will set them against one another in a lifelong struggle for honesty and forgiveness.

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