by Victoria Brown
What Drives Good People to Do Something Bad? As terrible revelations come to light, four people join together to commit an unspeakable act…
When a member of the privileged upper class frames a Polish immigrant for a socialite’s murder in 1920s Akron, the heart-pounding events that follow lead to a stunning and unexpected conclusion. This gripping tale of bigotry and class distinctions includes political corruption, greed, injustice, murder, and betrayal. While Albo Jablonski endures the atrocious conditions of the state penitentiary, his son Nickels, daughter Antonia, and their friends Kurt and Charlie are tormented by the knowledge that he is innocent. Zemsta is a powerful, character-driven story of three boyhood friends during the tumultuous days of Prohibition that explores the meaning of friendship, family, love, and loyalty.
“Brown’s debut novel recounts how a young woman’s murder affects the lives of childhood friends. But it is the portrayal of real-world history–the height of Prohibition, the early days of cinema–that makes the book such a gem. A nostalgic, authentic novel that charms with its vintage hue.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Brown has layered Zemsta with multiple characters giving the story extensive width. I am more critical of writers who attempt to put their spin on history. Brown does not disappoint. Taking us into the early 1900s when America was first undertaking its grand social experiment known as Prohibition: Brown successfully navigates us through a history lesson of human corruption, while illuminating readers to a difficult and troublesome period in American history. I can easily see this book on a recommended reading list for high school or college students.” —Eric Wynn, Yahoo! Voices
“Brown has assembled all the right ingredients for a gritty historical novel. Prohibition-era Akron, Ohio, with its brutal factory conditions, corrupt wealth, and harsh class relations offers the backdrop for this novel about immigrants attempting to maintain the bonds of childhood friendship as life pulls them apart.” –Publisher’s Weekly
Victoria Brown worked in the communications industry for over thirty years as President of her own firm, Victoria Brown Marketing Communications. Brown grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in Scituate on Boston’s south shore for many years. She has a degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has two grown daughters and is currently basking in the sun in Boca Raton, Florida where she lives with her two miniature dachshunds Tallulah and Harriet and a cat named Puppy. Zemsta is her first novel.
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