Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent

Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent

By Beth Kephart; William Sulit (Illustrator)

Temple University Press, Paperback, 9780984042968, 189pp.

Publication Date: April 2013


Flavored by the oddities of historic personalities and facts, "Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent"is set in Bush Hill, Philadelphia, 1871 home to the Baldwin Locomotive Works and a massive, gothic prison. Acclaimed writer Beth Kephart captures the rhythms and smells of an extraordinary era as William Quinn and his Ma, Essie, grapple with life among terrible accidents, miraculous escapes, and shams masquerading as truth.

About the Author
Beth Kephart was nominated for a National Book Award for her memoir A Slant of Sun. Her first novel for teens, Undercover, received four starred reviews and was named a Best Book by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Amazon.com. In 2005 Beth was awarded the Speakeasy Poetry Prize. She has also written Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things That Matter; Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir; Ghosts in the Garden: Reflections on Endings, Beginnings, and the Unearthing of Self; Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River; Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business; and House of Dance. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.