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Girl in the River by [Kullberg, Patricia]
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If only 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

A brilliant portrait of Dr. Ruth Barnett, Portland's most famous abortion doctor and a most colorful character. -- JD Chandler, author, Portland on the Take

An extraordinary page-turner, featuring crooked cops, sensation-minded reporters, moralistic politician and always-vulnerable women, who turn out smarter and craftier than all the rest. A fabulous read--Rickie Solinger, author, The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law

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 she lives in as well as her individual biography. --Johanna Brenner, author, Women and the Politics of Class

From the popular culture surrounding World War II to the work of a beloved abortion doctor, Girl in the River doesn't just capture the politics and sentiments of its time; it presents them in living color. A captivating historical novel powered by feisty protagonists, a smoky noir atmosphere, and a story based on real life events. --Midwest Book Review

Swept out from under the rug of Portland's history is a mid twentieth century world of nominally forbidden sex, drugs and gambling operations, openly protected by cops and politicians. Your guide to this illicit world and its later demise  is an astute but vulnerable fictional call girl, Maebelline Rose, whose inability to deceive either herself or others makes her a perfect companion. Enticing as both story and history, the story is also a timely reminder of how much remains at stake as the battle over women's bodies continues. --Elinor Langer, author of A Hundred Little Hitlers

Girl in the River starts with a bang and hums right along, like one of those hard-boiled film noir movies. Kullberg sets the story in the tempestuous period spanning pre- and post World War II. It's a tale that could have taken place anywhere, but this one is based on actual events in and around Portland. Smart and raw and full of sassy dialog, the novel touches on issues of morality and justice, propriety and decency. The 1930's and '40's may have been a simpler time, but the corrosive impact of the corruption this novel explores is all too familiar. --Maryka Biaggio, author of Parlor Games

About the Author

As staff physician and medical director for Multnomah County Health Department, Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH, devoted her career to serving men and women on the margins, including the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted. She has written award-winning articles about health and medicine for both the lay and academic press. Girl in the River is her first novel. She lives in Portland with her husband, where she teaches writing to incarcerated women, tends a large garden and partakes of the recreational opportunities of the Pacific Northwest.

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  • File Size: 1718 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FLL6QXM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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