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Dawn O'Hara, the Girl Who Laughed (1911)

by Edna Ferber

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Narrated by the sparky Dawn,a newspaper reporter in 1910s America, the novel opens with her ill in hospital. Her husband - the once charming Peter Orme - is in an insane asylum, and she has been struggling to pay for his keep.
Dawn goes to recuperate with her married sister and observes that 'being an old maid was a great deal like death by drowning a really delightful sensation when you ceased struggling.' But she also meets the wonderful Dr von Gerhard, a nerve specialist sent to treat her...
But Dawn is a battler and soon resumes her career in Milwaukee, where her life is full of incident, some comic, some heartwarming and some tragic...
This book really took off for me as I got into it, and I couldn't stop reading, wanting to know how it would all pan out for her ( )
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There are a number of things that are pleasanter than being sick in a New York boarding-house when one's nearest dearest is a married sister up in faraway Michigan. Some one must have been very kind, for there were doctors, and a blue-and-white striped nurse, and bottles and things. There was even a vase of perky carnations -- scarlet ones. I discovered that they had a trick of nodding their heads, saucily. The discovery did not appear to surprise me. "Howdy-do!" said I aloud to the fattest and reddest carnation that overtopped all the rest. "How in the world did you get in here?"

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"Narrated by Dawn, a newspaper reporter in 1910s America, the novel follows her life as she struggles with illness, marital stress, financial hardships, redemption, and, ultimately love" --Provided by publisher.

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