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"One of the most humorous and original love stories that has appeared for years." -- New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose work served as the inspiration for numerous Broadway plays and Hollywood films, including Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant, Saratoga Trunk, and Ice Palace. She co-wrote the plays The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, and Stage Door with George S. Kaufman and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for her novel So Big.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1172275955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1172275953
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,204,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edna Ferber’s third and final book about savvy career woman Emma McChesney entertained me at least as much as the previous two, beginning with a flurry of excitement in the first chapter. After spending the last 15 years traveling between small Midwest towns or living in New York City, Emma sets off on a boat trip down the coast of the continent to sell her T. A. Buck Featherloom petticoats and skirts in Argentina, where she takes the country by storm. Based on the last two books I knew romance was headed Emma’s way, but she’d been so determinedly independent I wasn’t sure I would like it--I did.

Along with being good stories these books charmed and fascinated me by presenting a lively picture of how people lived, thought, worked, played, dressed, traveled, raised their children, and fell in love 100 years ago during the early decades of the 1900’s. In one chapter Emma was forced to deal with wealthy lady organizers bent promoting their pet cause, which wasn’t “Votes for women” as I had guessed, but instead a self-righteous insistence based on their rigid uneven morality that working class “girls” must be convinced to dress with drab unassuming modesty as befits their station. I would have been disappointed if Emma turned out to be an anti-suffragette, but Emma was right to poke a little good natured fun at these women.

Ferber wrote all three Emma McChesney novels long enough ago that they’re in the public domain so free ebook versions can be downloaded from sites like Project Gutenberg or here on Amazon. I listened to superbly narrated audio versions available on the Libravox website that made me almost enjoy my commute--I had witty Emma and her adventures to keep me occupied.
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I personally believe that Edna Ferber's books should be included with or even before the boring depressing books of the likes of Steinbeck and Hemingway and all the other men that they forced me to read in high school and college. Most of her books are a slice of American life written in approximately the same time period. This book must be an early one. It kind of attempts to address insanity, divorce, and the newspaper business. I didn't finish it, I just went back and reread Saratoga Trunk.
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I've already raved about the first Emma McChesney book - in many ways this is even more interesting, if not as funny.

It starts off with a business trip to South America. I'm in an odd position here. I've been reading several other 1910-1925 novels, some of which have South Americans in them. By present day standards, the depiction of South Americans in this book is very very sterotyped (especially the women) which is disappointing. Compared to the other novels I've been reading written in the same era, this book is much more fair & balanced. But even considering that, once again Ferber writes about real business - about South American buyers complaining more about the inefficiencies of US packaging vs. European packaging and what it will add to the cost of shipping.

And then she moves on to sexism. She sends her boss & love interest out on a sales trip to the Midwest for the first time and then is disappointed to find that everyone wants to deal with him instead of her when she comes home.There's also a very funny chapter on country club women trying to enforce a "sensible" dress code on working girls and a lovely finally chapter on being a grandmother.

It's the freshness of the relationships I love. She and the love interest have no idiot misunderstandings; they work as a team; her daughter in law is as smart as she is and they have no quibbles between them and in 1914, Ferber suggests that a married couple can get on each other's nerves and need a break without assuming it means divorce.

I understand why Ferber had to stop writing these books - but I would have loved to have heard Emma on the 1920s.
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I collected these Edna Ferber stories on my Kindle for future reading...
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I don't have it - where is it?
I ordered it - it briefly appeared on the screen and disappeared -
Obviously it didn't work -
I don't think that I will try again -
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