Cover of Angel of Brooklyn

Angel of Brooklyn

Janette Jenkins

In January 1914, Jonathan Crane returns home to his tiny village in Lancashire with a glamorous American bride. Beatrice struggles to adapt to this cold, gray place and tries to befriend the young women who are her new neighbours. They are in awe of her - her foreignness, her blond hair, her smart clothes. Beatrice, born in Normal, Illinois, is a woman with a past. She has told them stories of her father, an amateur taxidermist, of her brother, a preacher, and of her friends back home in Brooklyn. When the men head off to fight in the Great War the women are left alone. The years pass, the men are still not home and Beatrice finds her old life catches up with her - and, in a dramatic climax, proves to be her undoing.

Publishing Details:
Chatto & Windus, 2008

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