Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novel "An Absence So Great" takes readers in to the world of 1910 Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Jessie Ann Gaebele as she pursues her dream of owning her own photography studio.
Shadows of a forbidden love follow the main character as she works toward her dream.
Kirkpatrick thoroughly knows the history of early photo studios in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and includes photographs in this novel, some of them related to her own grandmother, Jessie, who died in 1990 at the age of 98 and who pioneered as a woman photographer.
The author includes fascinating background on feminism, and topics like mercury poisoning from developing prints, and she wrote that her purpose in writing this book was to prove that "accepting the gift of forgiveness is the hardest yet most meaningful work of the human spirit."
The author has written sixteen historical novels and three nonfiction titles.
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided the copy for me to give away.
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