Just as vibrant is Julia Kydd, the novel’s unforgettable protagonist. Julia arrives in Manhattan in 1924 with one goal: to claim her inheritance so she can start her own publishing press and live life her way. Julia has no interest in settling down with a man just because society expects her to. But when her inheritance is threatened and she becomes entangled in the mysterious suicide of an outspoken suffragette, Julia learns independence has its costs. Behind the glitter and glamour of the era, bigotry endures.
Though this novel takes place nearly a century ago, there’s a timeliness to the issues Julia faces—as transporting as Relative Fortunes is, it’s also incredibly resonant. Sometimes, it seems, being whisked away to another world is the best way to hold up a mirror to our own.
- Chris Werner, Editor