Girl Waits with Gun (Hardcover)

By Amy Stewart

Houghton Mifflin, 9780544409910, 448pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

September 2015 Indie Next List

“Constance Kopp is 35 years old in 1914. Unmarried, with no job, she and her two sisters survive by selling off parts of the family farm in rural New Jersey. When their buggy is destroyed by a speeding car, the accident sets off a most unlikely chain of events including blackmail, kidnapping threats, gunfights, and stakeouts. Stewart, the author of The Drunken Botanist, tells the Kopp sisters' story -- a tale based on actual events -- with humor and a keen eye for the complex relationships between sisters, as they learn to stand up for themselves at last.”
— Scott Brown (W), Eureka Books, Eureka, CA
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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.


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  1. From horse-drawn wagons to carrier pigeons, the norms of 1914 obviously no longer exist today. Talk about the world Constance and her sisters live in, in New Jersey and on their farm. Are there any aspects of life in 1914 you wish had survived?generic viagra price canada
  2. After Henry Kaufman’s first visit to their farm, Constance views her sisters from afar and thinks, “They looked like those fuzzy figures in a picture postcard, frozen in place, staring out from some world that no longer existed” (p. 52). What is the world that no longer exists? Why is it gone, and what has replaced it?generic viagra price canada
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  5. At their Wyckoff farm, both Norma and Constance were encouraged to continue their mother’s “family tradition” of fear and distrust. In what ways did the sisters fall in line, and in what ways did they fail to heed her warnings? Do you think they felt justified in ignoring her warnings?generic viagra price canada
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