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Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1) by [Benn, Marlowe]
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There’s something magical about getting lost in a world that feels far removed from our own, which is why I fell so hard for Relative Fortunes. Author Marlowe Benn brings 1920s New York to life in prose so rich it’s impossible not to feel transported to the Jazz Age parties and gilded homes she so vividly describes.

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


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In 1920s New York, the price of a woman’s independence can be exorbitant—even fatal.

In 1924 Manhattan, women’s suffrage is old news. For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life’s too short for politics. With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to launch her own new private press. But as a woman, Julia must fight for what’s hers—including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy.

When her friend’s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family’s indifference toward the ardent suffragist’s death. Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband’s control of her money. Now, her death suggests the struggle was more than she could bear.

Julia, however, is skeptical. Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager: if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he’ll drop his claims to her wealth. Julia soon discovers Naomi’s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death. And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there’s much more at stake than her inheritance…

About the Author

Born near Boston, Marlowe Benn grew up in an Illinois college town along the Mississippi River. She holds a master's degree in the book arts from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in the history of books from the University of California, Berkeley. A former editor, college teacher, and letterpress printer, Benn now lives with her husband on an island near Seattle. Relative Fortunes is her first novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5710 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 August 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07LG9FS7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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