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Spokane Is Reading: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 10:00 am

Readers will find a lot to love about this year’s Spokane Is Reading title. For the 17th annual community read, Spokane Is Reading has announced the selection of Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.

Those who enjoy historical fiction, mysteries, and crime/detective novels will find Girl Waits with Gun to be “an elegant tale of suspense, mystery, and wry humor” (Publisher’s Weekly starred review).

This enthralling debut novel from New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart is based on the true story of Constance Kopp, one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs, and her two strong, savvy sisters, Norma and Fleurette. The novel is set in 1914 and traverses Paterson, New Jersey, where the Black Hand and their leader, a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner, threaten and harass the Kopp sisters, and New York City, where Constance searches for a missing boy.

The Los Angeles Times calls Girl Waits with Gun a “zippy, winsome novel” that is “filled with historical detail without being weighed down by it…” The Washington Post declares Girl Waits with Gun “an entertaining and enlightening story… that’s as much the story of a woman who refuses to be bested by a bully as it is a chronicle of the social restrictions placed on women at that time.”

Once you read Girl Waits with Gun, you may find yourself propelled to read the next books in the Kopp Sisters series: Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, and Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (available September 2018). Amy Stewart’s popular nonfiction titles include The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Wicked Bugs.

Spokane Is Reading will focus on Girl Waits with Gun with concurrent book discussions and related programs at libraries throughout Spokane County and in the city of Spokane as well as at Auntie’s Bookstore.

We have lots of copies of Girl Waits with Gun, including the eBook (in Spanish, also) and audiobook versions on OverDrive, and encourage you to read the novel over the spring and summer months. We’re betting that once you do, you’ll be compelled to read the other novels in the series. We hope to see you at one of the appearances with Ms. Stewart in September. You won’t want to miss it!

Spokane Is Reading 2018: Amy Stewart

10514 E Sprague Ave
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018, 1pm

906 W Main Ave
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018, 7pm

Both events are free admission and open to the public.

Spokane Is Reading is a community reading event designed to encourage reading. It is one of the longest-running community reads in the state of Washington. Over the years, Spokane Is Reading has celebrated authors who include Jess Walter, Laurie R. King, Chris Cleave, Kent Haruf, and Maria Semple. Generous support for Spokane is Reading comes from the Friends of the Library groups in Spokane County and the City of Spokane as well as a grant from Humanities Washington. Spokane Is Reading is a collaborative effort of Spokane County Library District, Spokane Public Library, and Auntie’s Bookstore.

For more information, visit the Spokane Is Reading website and Facebook page.

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