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Fanny Herself

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Fanny Herself (1917) Fanny Herself (1917)


Kessinger Publishing
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Edna Ferber
Publication Date
September, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 0.72 Inches

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Ill admit it. I love...

I'll admit it. I love old-fashioned novels. This one concerns a small town girl who makes it big in Chicago in the brand new field of the mail order catalog. She tries mightily to submerge her passionate human side in order to be a success in this male field. She does find success, but also finds she is losing her soul to Big Business. A boy from her small town home helps her find her way. Interesting look at small town Jewish culture before WWI.

Interesting early 1900...

Interesting early 1900's story of a middle-American young Jewish girl setting out to claim success for herself in the opportunity-heavy world of business, mostly as a direct response to a childhood of sacrifice that did not fare well for her mother and a determination to blaze a different trail. Of course, women were not major players in business, yet she refused to buy into that and fought her way forward anyway. Lots of talk about Jewish identity, is it a race or religion, and quite a bit of denial of her roots....all with mixed results. Women's suffrage, worker's rights, zealous capitalism, and the start of WWI all made for a much headier book than i was anticipating from Ferber, having read several of hers already. Apparently a fair amount of autobiographical content in the initial setting of the story. I enjoyed Ferber's folksy writing style probably more than i enjoyed this story...she has a very charming way of writing that makes it feel like just the two you are sitting in a comfortable room somewhere and she is recounting this story to you in person.....warm, judgmental, intimate, and very honest. No regrets.

semi autobiographical ...

semi autobiographical of Edna Ferber. How her mother keeps the family general store going after her father dies. And her early adventures in business,

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