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Girl in the River free pdf Were the "good ole days" really that good? Not so much in post-war Portland. Mae Rose lives in the underbelly of society, on the lam from a knife-wielding pimp. Dr. Ruth Barnett runs a lucrative abortion service. Both are in the crosshairs of Dottie "Do-Good" Lee, anti-vice crusader and aspiring politician. Her pet attack dog is an obsessed DA with his own dirty little secrets. Their lives intertwine in a tale of how life really was during the Age of Americana, not as Hollywood portrayed it. As Mae puts it, "I didn't make the world, I just make my way in it, as best I can. Praise for "Girl in the River" If history classes were only this rich and enjoyable. Kullberg has crafted a wonderful look into Portland's history, and how women in particular may have navigated the tricky business of building a life against the backdrop of mid-twentieth century legal systems, power-plays, poverty and health care. Monica Drake, author: "Clown Girl" and "Studbook" "Girl in the River" brings history to life in a riveting story with a feisty working-class heroine whose feelings, attitudes, and choices accurately reflect the times within which she lived as well as her individual biography. Kullberg's marvelous evocation of time and place captures the constrained range of possibilities which shaped the lives of women from the 30's through the 50's and allows us to appreciate what feminist struggle since then has (and has not yet) achieved. Johanna Brenner, Author: "Women and the Politics of Class" Visitors lured to Portland today by the images from "Portlandia" and the reviews of its restaurants will be surprised to learn that from the 1930's to the 1950s what the city was known for was of a far seamier nature-a world of nominally forbidden sex, drugs and gambling operations so openly protected by the politicians, police, prosecutors and businessmen who were its beneficiaries that they might almost have been agencies of government. Swept out from under the rug of history in Patricia Kullberg's revealing "Girl in the River" are an array of important figures on both sides of the trades, most notably the prominent abortion doctor Ruth Barnett, known as much for her parties as for her work, and if you doubt the author's portrayal of the circles within circles of the Portland establishment in those years, see Google-they are almost all there. Your guide to this illicit world and its demise in the changed atmosphere of the 1950s is an astute but vulnerable fictional call girl, Maebelline Rose, whose inability to deceive either herself or others makes her a perfect companion. Enticing both as history and story, Girl in the River is also a timely reminder of how much remains at stake as the battle over women's bodies continues. May the desperation brought to life in these compelling pages never come back to us. Elinor Langer, Author: "Josephine Herbst" and "A Hundred Little Hitlers" Sexier and seamier-and also more accurate-than any history of Portland's decades of vice. An extraordinary page-turner of a novel, featuring crooked cops, sensation-minded reporters, moralistic politicians, and always-vulnerable women who turn out smarter and craftier than all the rest. A fabulous read! Rickie Solinger, Biographer of Dr. Ruth Barnett "Girl in the River" starts with a bang and hums right along-like one of those hardboiled film noir movies. Kullberg sets the story of Mae in the tempestuous period spanning pre- and post-World War II. It's a tale that could have taken place in any part of the United States, but this one is based on actual events in and around Portland, Oregon. Smart and raw, full of sassy dialogue, the novel touches on issues of morality and justice, propriety and decency. The 1930s and 40s may have been a simpler time, but the corrosive impact of the corruption this novel explores is all too familiar. Maryka Biaggio, Author: "Parlor Games"

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Author : Patricia Kullberg
Publisher : Bygone Era Books
Data Published : 20 August 2015
ISBN : 1941072240
EAN : 9781941072240
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 428 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . Were the "good ole days" really that good? Not so much in post-war Portland. Mae Rose lives in the underbelly of society, on the lam from a knife-wielding pimp. Dr. Ruth Barnett runs a lucrative abo