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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library

Savage Girl

(1 customer review)

Author: Jean Zimmerman
Length: 416 pages
Type:  Fiction, Physical Book

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“A riveting tale from the author of The Orphanmaster about a wild girl from Nevada who lands in Manhattan’s Gilded Age society.

Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.

Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl’s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.

Zimmerman’s tale is narrated by the Delegate’s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative—a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable—is his confession.”



1 review for Savage Girl

  1. Janet Dore

    “The lies one tells always pale in comparison to the truths one withholds.”

    Savage Girl is a blend of well-researched historical fiction and compelling mystery. Set in the late 1800s, the story begins in Virginia City, Nevada, when a wealthy New York family “rescues” a “wild” orphan girl who had been raised by native Americans, then was left to fend for herself in the wild.

    It quickly turns macabre as brutal murders follow the family to New York City and Philadelphia. Famous characters (including the famous psychologist William James who was a professor at Harvard at the time), wildly misguided psychology, and actual historical events kept me engaged.

    If likable characters are your thing, this definitely isn’t your book. The main character is annoying at best and the secondary character is intentionally kept at a distance from the reader. There are a couple likable fringe characters, but you never get past their surface.

    Not many books can keep me guessing until the end…this one did. Although I wasn’t crazy about the author’s choice of endings or the characters themselves, I enjoyed the book. Jean is an excellent writer and I found the story to be entertaining and educational!

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