Thorndike Press


  • Carol Edgarian
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  • ISBN-10: 1432888501
  • ISBN-13: 9781432888503
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 486 Pages | Hardcover
  • Available July 2021



A New York Times Bestselling Author

1906: Meet Vera Johnson, the resourceful fifteen-year-old illegitimate daughter of Rose, notorious proprietor of San Francisco’s most legendary bordello. Vera has grown up straddling two worlds — the madam’s alluring sphere, replete with tickets to the opera, surly henchmen, and scant morality, and the violent, debt ridden domestic life of the family paid to raise her. On the morning of the great quake, Vera’s worlds collide. As the shattered city burns and looters vie with the injured, orphaned, and starving, Vera is cast adrift. Shea collaborates with Tan, her former rival, and forges an unlikely family of survivors. Together they have to navigate their way beyond disaster.


Customer Reviews

“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully realized.”

— Booklist (starred)

“The author paints a vivid portrait of a metropolis teeming with sex workers, immigrants, corrupt politicians, and artists . . . The result makes for a stirring testament to a resilient city that never knew the meaning of the word quit.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 extinguishes all sense of normalcy for 15-year-old Vera Johnson, who must survive by sheer pluck and intelligence in the newly rattled landscape. . . . The novel shines in painting a vivid picture of early-20th-century San Francisco, including its rowdy politics.”

— Kirkus Reviews