Kitty lives through some of the most treacherous and pivotal events of the early twentieth century—from the sinking of the Titanic to the Russian Revolution to the battlefields of the Irish Civil War—all the while riding her luck. Or is it luck? She certainly wasn’t lucky as a child. Raised in extreme poverty in the Dublin tenements, she barely scraped by.
Relying on her grit and smarts, Kitty eventually flees the grim despair of the tenements and tries to shake her harrowing past. She’s determined to do whatever she can so other young girls won’t suffer the same deprivations she did. Her path isn’t easy, but along the way she chances upon incredible beauty, hope, and love. And even when she’s completely disillusioned by the corruption and deceit around her, she remains true to her heart.
In these uncertain times Kitty is just the sort of heroine I need—someone unsure of herself, imperfect, but unwavering in her pursuit of a better world.
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor