After two intense books in a row (The Poisonwood Bible and Reading Lolita in Tehran), I needed something a little lighter, so I picked up Ladies of the Goldfield Stock Exchange, by Sybil Downing. I had enjoyed her novel Fire in the Hole a few months ago and knew that this would be a good break. Indeed, it was a pleasurable book to read. Downing writes well, has unique and creative plots, and features strong female characters, and I enjoyed the historical setting. However, it was not a particularly memorable book; it has been over a week since I read it and I’m having trouble remembering details. Let’s see if I can remember enough to give a short plot summary: In the early 1900s a young woman named Meg inherits her father’s stocks after he dies in a mining accident in Goldfield, NV. She decides to stay in Goldfield while she figures out what to do with the stocks, and, after being dissatisfied with her treatment at the local stock exchange, works with some other local women to open a ladies’ stock exchange. It was an engaging story with sympathetic and realistic characters. I recommend it if you are looking for some light reading and enjoy historical fiction.
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