Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Rating: 4 Stars
Audacity is set in the early 1900s, one of my favorite periods in history, and is a fictionalized account of Clara Lemlich’s early years.
I love this time in history because of the fascinating stories of all the immigrants who came to America. They sacrificed so much in hope of a better life, they worked so hard, and their lives are inspiring. Clara’s story is no exception.
I felt Clara’s desire to learn, her hope for her future to be changed in America, and her disappointment when she realized nothing changed once she got there. And I so admire how hard she worked to achieve her dreams, and how she was able to sacrifice for others and for what she knew was right. She made a difference, even if she didn’t realize it at the time.
What I didn’t like about this book was the writing style. Audacity is written in verse, and for me this caused a disconnect between me and the story, and I missed the richer reading experience that comes with details and dialogue. The prose felt stilted and awkward, and took away from the story as a whole.
Still, I think this book should be read by everyone wanting to learn about immigrants in the early 1900s and the unions and strikes that fought to give them a better life. Maybe everyone should read it.
Synopsis – Audacity by Melanie Crowder
A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.
Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world.
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