Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors. Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc! How did the experience of writing this novel differ from that of Orphan 8?. Unfortunately, what I thought was going to be historical fiction turned out to be soap opera. Orphan 8 brims with complicated passions and pitch-perfect historical details. I was completely absorbed in this story and finished this book pretty quickly, considering it is a long one.
Other than these few facts, I enjoyed having free reign to invent Helen Winthrope as my own character. When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it's because of his guilt over her father's accidental death--and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert's handsome personal secretary. The second was that the description mentioned that Colonel Jacob Ruppert was the owner of the New York Yankees. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade author of Orphan Number 8 is an historical fiction novel that transports the reader back to The Jazz Age of New York in 1918.
But he had one more name to read. Four which have now been completed. Albert Kramer leads a secret life outside of the world of Jacob Ruppert to whom he is employed as secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity. I know very little about what happened to the real Helen Weyant.
I am going to go with 2: the paperback is 416 pages. After reading a little over 2 hours during my flight home I noticed I only got 13% of the way through. And the story sweeps you away to New York City during the 1920s when women were shortening their skirts, cutting their hair and gaining independence, prohibition was in full force, and love in all its forms was expressed but still hidden. When Helen Winthrope suddenly falls ill and loses her job it seems as though her life is over. When he finally tells Helen his story, how does that make you reconsider his character? But then Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, hires her and her life is forever changed. On the other hand, all the research skills I acquired as a double major in English and history serve me well as a writer of historical fiction. The book is written in alternating chapters from the points of view of Helen Winthrope, an actress, and Albert Kramer, Ruppert's personal secretary.
I was really looking forward to reading it and felt the description on the book didn't really offer an honest insight to the novel. In fact, Albert's chapters focus on nothing but Albert's sexuality and lovers which doesn't include Helen. A crossdressing shiner at a Village speakeasy. Bachelor Girl is now available. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. A clerk with a clipboard ran around, establishing that everyone listed in the will was in attendance.
But when his will was read, there was a bequest to a Helen Winthrope that included half ownership in the Yankees — there was a mystery to unfurl. My version of the Harry Frazee story, while inspired by some reported facts, is no more true than most legends about the famous acquisition of the Sultan of Swat. But it is only when Ruppert's own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him--and to each other. Set in the Jazz age, the woman is trying to make her way in the theater, and the young man is secretary to the older man. There is a lot more time devoted to Albert's lifestyle than I had expected. Free gifts or promotional items Are there any charges for return? I know she went to dog shows with Ruppert because I have a picture of her with one of his prize Saint Bernards.
The Bachelor Girl is set in New York City 1919 - 1939 and is based on real events. Why do you suppose Colonel Ruppert never revealed his identity to Helen despite their close relationship? The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. Along with his personal secretary Albert Kramer Helen spends more and more time with Jacob and the course of her life is changed. How does she justify her actions? The conclusion of Bachelor Girl was well conceived and gratifying. I ike more history in books from this genre than what I got with this one. In Bachelor Girl, an orphanage also features in the plotline.
She is a Professor in the English Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing. There are limited possibilities for a woman who does not want to marry. The prose is eloquent and fluid. How does his relationship with King make him rethink this belief? What would you have done if you were Helen? The biggest lesson for me, in the style of historical fiction that I write, is that the story is the most important thing. Then it skips forward years at a time until we catch back up to 1939 and see what happens shortly after we find out that Helen has inherited the bulk of Jake's fortune and assets.
While I liked her first novel better, I will look for what she writes next. Even as a child, Helen rebelled against the traditional gender roles expected of women during her day. Highly recommend this book which will be released March 2018. I was inspired to write Bachelor Girl by the true story of a mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress by the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees baseball team. The book was quite long and I felt it dragged throughout most of the story. There are no charges for return Original shipping charges are non-refundable You are responsible for return shipping charges How do I return? I second guessed myself a few times, but stuck to my guns and was thrilled when I found out the truth.
When I first heard about Bachelor Girl, there were a few things that immediately grabbed my attention! Its themes and artistry will linger in reader memory. This is a slower read, one in which to relax and get cozy. Why does becoming an heiress finally allow her to imagine a future with Clarence? He is most famous for building Yankee Stadium and acquiring Babe Ruth. With Bachelor Girl, I had a publication date before I even finished my first draft, so the process was much more rigorous and I really felt the weight of expectation. I was somewhat familiar with Jacob Ruppert, the wealthy owner of both the Ruppert Brewery and the New York Yankees, because I live near the site of the old brewery. Orphan 8 is a remarkable work, well rooted in some little-known history.