Review: THE GILDED CAGE: A NOVEL OF CHICAGO BY JUDY ALTER
The Gilded Cage by Judy Alter
Publication: April 2016
eBook & Paperback
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
`The Gilded Cage` is a historical fiction novel loosely based on the beginnings of Chicago written by Judy Alter. Although it's historical fiction it is also based on the Chicago Fire, Prisoner of War Between the States interred into Chicago, and the explosive growth of wealth in a prairie town.
During the 1850's Chicago became a boom town. Potter Palmer, who built the Palmer House Hotel and owned the Mercantile~in the story), asked to marry the very young Bertha Honore. When her father said, "No", Potter said he would wait until she is older.
Some elements of the author's biography affected her understanding of the topic. Author Judy Alter grew up in Chicago's South Side, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Her mother took her in rowboats around Wooded Island and she learned to ice skate on the Midway.
Some of the sources the author used are: "The Fair Women: The story of the Women's Building at the World's Colombian Exposition of 1893 (Jeanne Madeline Weimann & Anita Miller), "The Great American Fair: The World's Columbian Exposition and American Culture (R. Reid Badger's) and several other resources.
As for dubious information: the novel states there is an attraction between Chicago's mayor, Carter Harrison, and Cissy Palmer. However, there is evidence that points to a long and very happy marriage between the Palmers.
This is a very long, detailed book. But, it is worth reading.I would recommend it to history buffs of all ages.
About the Author
Judy Alter is the award winning author of fiction for adults and young adults. Other historical fiction includes Libbie, the story of Elizabeth Bacon (Mrs. George Armstrong) Custer; Jessie, the story of Jessie Benton Frémont and her explorer/miner/entrepreneur/
soldier/politician husband; Cherokee Rose, a novel loosely based on the life of the first cowgirl roper to ride in Wild West shows; and Sundance, Butch and Me, the adventures of Etta Place and the Hole in the Wall Gang.
For more information visit Judy Alter’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.
Disclaimer: I was given this book complimentary to my honest review.