Ephemeral Palaces

Ephemeral Palaces

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Whether known as the Gilded Age or the Gay Nineties, the last decade of the 19th century is packed with significant events that impacted the 20th century. Two of the most influential events both originated in Chicago: the World's Columbian Exposition and the company town of Pullman. Both were utopian cities specifically and strategically built within a few miles of one another. Both demonstrated the influence of architecture and technology that would dominate the next hundred years in America. And yet neither was around at the turn of the century. It is within the context of these two contradictory events that the story, Ephemeral Palaces, is set.Logan McConnell comes to Chicago in 1893 to work on the buildings for the World's Columbian Exposition. One morning while in Marshall Field's, he meets and is later formally introduced to Alexandra Schaffer, a society heiress and niece of the very wealthy president of the First Chicago Mercantile Bank. A few days later, Alexandra visits Logan and asks him to do her a rather involved favor—pretend to court Ingrid, the daughter of their family's housekeeper in order to help her brother Joey. Logan agrees to the charade out of curiosity, and as a result, his life becomes increasingly intertwined with Alexandra's. Secrets kept and secrets revealed affect their behavior throughout the story.Also available on lulu.com
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 18.54mm | 576.06g
  • English
  • 150773784X
  • 9781507737842