Readers may come to Vera for a tale about the San Francisco earthquake but will find a story about motherhood.

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Review of ‘Vera’

“I sometimes wondered what it would have been like to be raised a normal girl,” says the narrator of Carol Edgarian’s novel Vera. “But that was not my story.”

It is 1906, and Vera Johnson is being raised in a “respectable” household by a widowed Swedish woman pretending to be her mother. Vera’s real mother,…

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