Jeanette Watts

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Historical Novel Society

Thanks to the Historical Novel Society for their great review:

Gilded Age Pittsburgh is the setting for Jeanette Watts’s lavishly atmospheric debut novel Wealth & Privilege, which turns on the schemes and counter-schemes various family members and interested strangers have in getting comfortably-situated and affable young Thomas Baldwin married off.

One such scheme results in his being married to a woman he quickly comes to detest, while another inadvertently brings him into close contact with a woman  he quickly comes to love, despite the fact that she seems permanently beyond his reach.

Watts does a superbly smooth and confident job of keeping her plot-lines flowing along at an enticing clip, and although her period research is obviously extensive, she incorporates it so adeptly that the novel’s large amounts of exposition – on contemporary events like the assassination of President Garfield, or the Johnstown Flood – always feel like organic parts of the story.

The result is an involving and subtly funny work worth reading.