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Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Canary Girls, at Blue House Books

August 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Historical fiction author Jennifer Chiaverini is coming to Blue House Books!

We are thrilled that Jennifer is joining us during her book tour for her latest release, “Canary Girls,” a lively and illuminating novel about the “munitionettes” who built bombs in Britain’s arsenals during World War I, risking their lives for the war effort and discovering camaraderie and courage on the soccer pitch. It’s Rosie the Riveter meets A League of Their Own!

Jennifer will be doing a reading from her latest novel, taking questions from the audience, and signing books for excited readers! This event is FREE but registration is required.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Early in the Great War, men left Britain’s factories in droves to enlist. Struggling to keep up production, arsenals hired women to build the weapons the military urgently needed. “Be the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun,” the recruitment posters beckoned.

Thousands of women—cooks, maids, shopgirls, and housewives—answered their nation’s call. These “munitionettes” worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear.

Among them is nineteen-year-old former housemaid April Tipton. Impressed by her friend Marjorie’s descriptions of higher wages, plentiful meals, and comfortable lodgings, she takes a job at Thornshire Arsenal near London, filling shells in the Danger Building—difficult, dangerous, and absolutely essential work.

Joining them is Lucy Dempsey, wife of Daniel Dempsey, Olympic gold medalist and star forward of Tottenham Hotspur. With Daniel away serving in the Footballers’ Battalion, Lucy resolves to do her bit to hasten the end of the war. When her coworkers learn she is a footballer’s wife, they invite her to join the arsenal ladies’ football club, the Thornshire Canaries.

The Canaries soon acquire an unexpected fan in the boss’s wife, Helen Purcell, who is deeply troubled by reports that Danger Building workers suffer from serious, unexplained illnesses. One common symptom, the lurid yellow hue of their skin, earns them the nickname “canary girls.” Suspecting a connection between the canary girls’ maladies and the chemicals they handle, Helen joins the arsenal administration as their staunchest, though often unappreciated, advocate.

The football pitch is the one place where class distinctions and fears for their men fall away. As the war grinds on and tragedy takes its toll, the Canary Girls persist despite the dangers, proud to serve, determined to outlive the war and rejoice in victory and peace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including “Switchboard Soldiers,” “The Women’s March,” “Resistance Women,” “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” and other critically acclaimed historical fiction, as well as the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband—and, occasionally, their two college-student sons—in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Date:
August 22, 2023
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Blue House Books
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5915 6th Avenue A
Kenosha, WI 53142 United States
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