Girl Waits with Gun
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs. Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic... show more
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs. Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. “A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
Publish date: 2015-09-01
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
There were moments that didn't flow as well as they might but this blend of fiction and fact was quite an interesting read. Constance and her sisters are involved in an accident involving themselves and a local businessman and they discover that the local businessman doesn't believe that the law app...
I hesitated over this book; a few friends thought it was so-so, but I was able to buy a copy at the library sale and I'm perfectly willing to pay a dollar for a story that might be just ok. Happily I didn't find it to be just so-so; I really, really enjoyed this book. I knew Amy Stewart could wri...
It's 1914 in New Jersey and the Kopp sisters live on a farm and fend for themselves. On a day trip into town their buggy is hit by an oncoming car. The driver, Henry Kaufman is a rich factory owner but he is certainly no gentleman and neither are his friends who accompany him. When Constance Ko...
He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, "She's not a regular lady." That line is uttered in the final few pages of this novel, but it does a pretty good job of summing up Constance Kopp (and her two sisters, too). Fitting, really, for "of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs." I...
Girl Waits with Gun looks at roughly a year in the life of the Capp sisters, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette, three "spinsters" of rural Bergen County, New Jersey. Constance, 35, handles the heavy work of the farm (she is six feet tall and very strong); Norma, 31, is obsessed with carrier pigeons, ...