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Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume One: Rise to Riches Hardcover – October 9, 2015
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Sit yourself down in the 19th century. Think of the first woman to run for office -- Victoria Woodhull. Now imagine a brilliant black man as her running mate -- Frederick Douglass. Fireworks? You bet. Now imagine two women who had the first woman-owned seat on the stock exchange. Victoria and her sister. An uproar? Indeed.
Neal Katz's rendering of Victoria's rise to riches, told in first person, is a brilliant read. And for those who love Historical Fiction, 'Outrageous' is a must.
Also ... the holidays are coming. The book is gorgeous and would make a fine gift for anyone, politico or not.
And Victoria is going to need to hold on to that, because before she breaks from her family, her father turns her and her sisters out to other men in order to make money. The family is not well-thought of in the town (go figure), and when the father is out of town, the townfolk come to the house one evening, and pack the family up to cart them out of town.
Her only 'escape' is to get married. But all the kind attention she had received from her husband before their marriage evaporated shortly thereafter. They lived in terrible conditions. The husband went out every night drinking and to the brothels. If a kindly neighbor had not helped out, Victoria would have delivered her child all alone in a hovel.
The heartbreaking story of her early child- and womanhood is starkly and masterfully told by Neal Katz. At the same time, the writing was sensitive because the first chapters are difficult to read due to the way Victoria (and her sisters) were treated.
Especially fascinating is that Victoria did not crumble under the weight of her past. Childhood sexual abuse is not a new phenomenon (unfortunately), neither is a single mother raising a child with developmental disabilities.Read more ›
The book focuses on a surprisingly strong, resilient woman who is called upon to rise above terrible circumstances and who applies her brains, friendships, and other available (and sometimes not so obvious) resources to do it. As I read about her, I also learned history in an easy-to-digest way. I highly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing story of self redemption. Victoria took her past self and redeemed it into something amazing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! Give this book a chance and you will be well rewarded. Raw and honest, you will meet a courageous woman and a first-class villain. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Joseph Suste
This is a badly written book. First of all, one is not told it's a NOVEL until one starts reading. For an ebook, this is deceptive. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Marilyn Harner
Neal Katz has brought to life one of the many woman, who because of their sex, were left out of our history books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David G.
Neal's style is both entertaining and informative as he brings you through the fascinating story of this little-known woman who deserves to be brought to the forefront. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Tar
the staert of the book very interesting, then i felt was not as i expected kind of at loose ends.Published 2 months ago by connie jimenez
Engaging and intriguing; strong threads of relevance to today’s social unrest
Right away, you know why this book is a multiple award-winning novel. Read more