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Belle Cora

By Phillip Margulies, 1952-

      "I had crossed all the lines they you say you can never cross without being destroyed, and here I was, alive and strong."
   

   In the grand tradition of Moll Flanders and Vanity Fair, this is the story of a good girl who became a bad woman. At the old homestead her name is never spoken and her picture is turned to the wall, but in the vast world beyond everyone remembers her as the celebrated madam of the finest parlor house in San Francisco. Now, at the end of her life, after half a century of successfully hiding the details of her scarlet past, Belle has decided to reveal all her secrets.
         
  In 1838, Arabella Godwin and her beloved younger brother, Lewis, are orphaned and shipped away from their home in New York City to live on their aunt's desolate farm upstate. The comforts she has always known are replaced with grueling work and a pair of cunning enemies in her cousins Agnes and Matthew. Amid this bleak existence, there emerges light in the form of a local boy, Jeptha Talbot.  He is everything good that Arabella craves. His love saves her and becomes an obsession that will last her whole life.   
           
Time and again she will be broken and remade. She will bear a gambler’s child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything—though perhaps not enough--for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose.  At last her destiny will take her to Gold Rush California, to riches and power.
           
 Until the day she mysteriously disappears.
           
 Told with unflagging wit and verve, Belle Cora brings to life a turbulent era and an untamed America on the cusp of greatness. Its heroine is a woman in conflict with her time, who nevertheless epitomizes it with her fighting spirit, her gift for self-invention, and her determination to chart her own fate.

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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Margulies, Phillip, 1952-
Summary: In 1838, Arabella Godwin and her brother, Lewis, are orphaned and sent to live on their aunt's desolate farm in upstate New York. Time and again she will be broken and remade. She will bear a gambler's child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose. Her destiny takes her to Gold Rush California... where she disappears.
Title: Belle Cora / Phillip Margulies.
Publisher Date: New York : Doubleday, [2014].
Subject: Orphans -- Fiction. Prostitutes -- Fiction. Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction. Gamblers -- Fiction. New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction. San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780385532761 (alk. paper) 0385532768 (alk. paper)
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System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Margulies
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Bib Id: 495016

Format: Book
Author: Margulies, Phillip, 1952-
Summary: A sweeping historical tale based on the life and times of the daughter of a New York merchant finds the orphaned Belle suffering at the hands of a rival cousin before working as a prostitute and transforming herself repeatedly to win the love and life she desires.
Summary: In 1838, Arabella Godwin and her brother, Lewis, are orphaned and sent to live on their aunt's desolate farm in upstate New York. Time and again she will be broken and remade. She will bear a gambler's child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose. Her destiny takes her to Gold Rush California... where she disappears.
Title: Belle Cora / Phillip Margulies.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Doubleday, [2014].
Description: 594 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Orphans -- Fiction.
Subjects: Prostitutes -- Fiction.
Subjects: Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction.
Subjects: Gamblers -- Fiction.
Subjects: New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Subjects: San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2012048554
ISBN: 9780385532761 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0385532768 (alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Margulies