Karen Abbott has written best-selling books about a brothel in Chicago and Gypsy Rose Lee. Next, she’ll write about “four different courageous women during the American Civil War.” Sin in the Second City and American Rose were published with Random House, but for this new book Abbott has moved to Harper, following her editor Julia Cheiffetz.
The best biographies do more than detail the life of a subject—they completely embed the reader in that person’s life and mindset. They combine tenacious reporting with writing that belongs to a first-rate novelist. American Rose is the rare biography that captures the imagination and doesn’t let go.
We can surely expect the same combination of meticulous reporting and good writing in this new book. Will you check it out?