Dawn Shamp. On Account of Conspicuous Women. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda may have tasted the pleasures of New York City, but Bertie, Guerine, Doodle, and Ina know how to make Roxboro hop. In On Account of Conspicuous Women, these characters shake up 1920s Person County with their opinions, their friendship, and their imperfect attempts to build meaningful lives in a small southern town inching into the modern world.

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One Response to Dawn Shamp. On Account of Conspicuous Women. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

  1. Becky Myers

    Absolutely endearing, side-heaving, resounding story-telling! Each woman of the “quartet” is so different, yet their strength and growth unite them. Set in Roxboro, NC, in the 1920s, “On Account of Conspicuous Women” is a raucous tale of hilarity, loss, civil rights, romance, and self-discovery. These southern women are striving to “make it,” each in their own way. Be it charming the men into aiding and abetting, rallying women to vote, verbally arresting demeaning men, quietly steering southern youth to strive for their education, championing the persecuted women, both black and white, or working multiple odd jobs to provide for one’s family and achieve the woman’s dream, to be equal and “valuable” in the American society, these women are indomitable. Things do not always have to be the same, just because they have always been before. These women change Roxboro forever, and with rippling intensity, become the change they want to see in the world!

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