The Artichoke Queen by Owen Duffy

The Artichoke Queen

Very few know the role women played in the early years of car racing. THE ARTICHOKE QUEEN tells the story of a beautiful driver and her dizzying career and relationships. It combines 1950's Americana and the thrill of racing with a groundbreaking woman's struggle for identity, love, and ultimately, redemption...

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  • Martin
    Full disclosure – I'm a colleague of the author’s wife, and I’m a sucker for literary fiction. More than a mere romance, the book is a period piece with an assertive female protagonist that wants to live her life under her own terms. In addition to being a sucker for literary fiction,...
  • Mika
    A very well written first novel with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. I pretty much read the book in one sitting! Looking forward to reading more from this author!...
  • Lydia
    A vision and a voice. The conquest of fear in a world of uncertainties…close-up observations of situations and realistic character portrayals. Duffy’s prose is like poetry. “It seemed like the room had flooded and they were swimming in warm water, being washed together into a deep, cl...
  • Geri
    I received this book free through a goodreads giveaway.Good book.Love Prudence.She experiences a lot of life in her first year in San Francisco.She meets Charles who discovers she can handle a car as well as some of the best race car drivers. He encourages her to give it a try which is quite unusual...
  • Cheryl
    I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Wasn't sure it was my "type" of read and I was pleasantly surprised. Here's to Women who were pioneers in their fields. Prudence leaves home, finds a job as a waitress in a jazz club and then goes on to racing, after working as an assistant in ...
  • Paul Vidich
    Owen Duffy has given us a wonderful portrait of a young women, Prudence, challenged by a disability, whose courage and ambition help her accomplish remarkable things. Poignant, sensitively written, a moving story....
  • Susan Moore
    Really good ...
  • Laune
    While being an assertive female is still difficult, back in the 1950's this must have been exceptionally difficult. I found it interesting to follow Prudence, in this mainly male occupation, through the races and romance with all its highs and lows....
  • L.C. Fiore
    What's not to love about a fast-paced story featuring a red-headed female race-car driver who takes the circuit by storm in the 1950s? It's not often you find this kind of excellent writing combined with a story you never want to end. Also, this publisher (Livingston Press) does great stuff: add "Th...

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