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by Lauren Belfer

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Lauren Belfer
ISBN: 0385337647
ISBN13: 978-0385337649
Language: English
Publisher: Delta (August 26, 2003)
Pages: 503
Fb2 eBook: 1934 kb
ePub eBook: 1789 kb
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Written by Lauren Belfer, this is one of those utterly delicious books that will also make you feel smarter after you read it-even though it reads a lot like a soap opera

Written by Lauren Belfer, this is one of those utterly delicious books that will also make you feel smarter after you read it-even though it reads a lot like a soap opera. Taking place in Buffalo, New York in 1901, the story is told in the first person by Miss Louisa Barrett, a 36-year-old spinster who is headmistress of the prestigious Macauley School for Girls.

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Lauren Belfer is an American author of three novels: City of Light, A Fierce Radiance, and And After the Fire. Belfer, born July 8, 1954, is from Buffalo, New York, where she attended the Buffalo Seminary

Lauren Belfer is an American author of three novels: City of Light, A Fierce Radiance, and And After the Fire. Belfer, born July 8, 1954, is from Buffalo, New York, where she attended the Buffalo Seminary. The school would later serve as the basis for the girls' school depicted in her debut novel, City Of Light, about Buffalo, NY during the Pan-American Exposition.

Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory  .

Lauren Belfer grew up in Buffalo, New York. in fiction from Columbia University in New York City, where she now lives with her husband and son. City of Light is her first novel. Библиографические данные. Издание: перепечатанное, рельефно-точечный шрифт (шрифт Брайля).

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The might and power of nature in the shape of Niagara Falls permeates this story. to use and control the power of the Falls, it is that very power that affects and changes the lives of each of the characters in the book. Although man battles to use and control the power of the Falls, it is that very power that affects and changes the lives of each of the characters in the book. Find similar books Profile. There is a nightmare I have: I fall asleep at the end of a productive day and suddenly find myself trapped within the frothing, seething waters beneath the cataract of Niagara. The struggle is long.

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City of LightThe year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory. With its booming industry and newly electrified streets, Buffalo is a model for the century just beginning. Louisa Barrett has made this dazzling city her home. Headmistress of Buffalo’s most prestigious school, Louisa is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery: evidence of a murder tied to the city’s cathedral-like power plant at nearby Niagara Falls. This shocking crime--followed by another mysterious death--will ignite an explosive chain of events. For in this city of seething intrigue and dazzling progress, a battle rages among politicians, power brokers, and industrialists for control of Niagara. And one extraordinary woman in their midst must protect a dark secret that implicates them all… 
Comments to eBook City of Light
Kardana
Secrets. Lies. Innuendoes. Betrayals. More secrets. A murder mystery. And great tragedy. Oh, and enough of a lesson on how electricity is generated from Niagara Falls that it (almost) masquerades as nonfiction. Written by Lauren Belfer, this is one of those utterly delicious books that will also make you feel smarter after you read it—even though it reads a lot like a soap opera.

Taking place in Buffalo, New York in 1901, the story is told in the first person by Miss Louisa Barrett, a 36-year-old spinster who is headmistress of the prestigious Macauley School for Girls. Louisa has a deep and dark secret that would totally ruin her reputation should it ever be revealed. But she isn't the only one with highly-charged and potentially damaging secrets, as we soon learn. The cast of characters is wide, including cameo appearances by two presidents and one vice president. (In fact, so many of the characters are real people that the author's note at the end of the book actually list those that are fictitious. The Kindle X-ray feature helps with this, too.) Meanwhile, the new power station at Niagara Falls is coming online, but not without much political intrigue and a murder (or two?). It's a time that is ruled by powerful men who smoke cigars in backrooms. WHO can be trusted?

I gave the book four stars instead of five because it seemed to me that some of the text is needlessly drawn out. Yes, it's a long book and that's just fine, but the author stretches the plot line at times in ways that add only to the length and not to the development of the story or characters. Still, that's a minor complaint. Read it. It's a fun and educational book.
Dainris
Having been born and raised and still living in the Buffalo area, I found it especially interesting as I recognized names and places, plus the story was very interesting and I couldn't wait to find out what happened at the end. Seems strange in this age to think people didn't realize how much electricity would matter to their lives......and the idea that the Power Plant would "use up" all the water in the Niagara River and Falls....... What also struck me, was the fact that wealthy citizens paid to have the Power Plant put up without government monies.....won't find that happening today.
Onoxyleili
I loved this story. I love historical fiction. I grew up in Buffalo, and had no idea of the history of the Pan American exposition. I can't wait to go home and do a tour of all the places I have read about in City of Lights. I would love to be able to travel back in time and see what life was like at the turn of the century in the city I live. Thank you for this story.
Bluecliff
I am a native of Buffalo, New York, which is the location where this story takes place. The time is at the turn of the 20th century before the Pan American Expedition. Buffalo is the Silicon Valley of its day and the catalyst for its explosive growth is the development of hydro-electric power. Buffalo is one of the first cities in the world to have electrical service and the source of the power is the rushing waters of the Niagara river. This book is the story of the movers and shakers of this time as told through the eyes of someone who is privileged to be in a position to observe from the inside. It is a fascinating story, mostly factual but with a fictional plot. The writer has a gift for descriptive narrative and the story is gripping. I learned so much about the city of my birth about which I was unaware. At one time, over 100 years ago, Buffalo was the center of new technology in the US and an incredible entrepreneurial environment where new ideas flourished and great fortunes were made.
Kekinos
The title of this novel might lead one to believe it is about Pairs and the wonderful artists. But it is a very American story, taking place at the turn of the last century, in the city of Buffalo, NY. A booming city on the edge of the Niagara Falls, close to Lake Erie, and Canada, Buffalo was the site for the development of electric power houses. This story focuses on the headmistress of the local girl's school and the start of the power plants which her goddaughter 's father plays an important part. Presidents intermingled with the business leaders of Buffalo, foul play strikes employees building the plants, kidnapping, illegitimate children, and the Pan American Exposition all make up the mysteries in Belfer's novel. City of Light is a wonderful tale of one of our grand old cities with characters that you can like and those you can dislike. It gives a glimpse into the past and makes this reader want to learn more about Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and the power plants.
Nenayally
Having visited Buffalo and Niagara Falls several times, I was naturally attracted to this book. The descriptions of the Falls are beautiful, the descriptions of the electrification of the area interesting, and the descriptions of the leading citizens of Buffalo were something I did not know. Had this been a 500+ page history of Buffalo and Niagara Falls almost no one (myself included) would have wanted to read it. Interspersing that history with social history, some fictional, made it a good read.
I did not rate this 5* because there were sections that were a bit tedious (the elaborate descriptions of the equipment used in the electrification), and others, while interesting (the development of the NAACP, the unplanned pregnancies, and the orphanages) were not important to the flow of the book. That said, Ms. Belfer is to be congratulated on yet another excellent book of historical fiction.
Laizel
This is a great story with interesting believable charaters. The writing is superb .The plot has many unpredictable twists that will keep the reader constantly engaged wondering what comes next. Finally, the author makes Buffalo come alive as a dynamic wonderous place to have lived in or visited at a time when electricity was beginning to transform peoples lives.
Lived it since I grew up in this era in the 60's and 70's. I knew some of the history but the underlying political and social progress (women, blacks. Immigrants and class) is as great as the technological, industrial and economic progress in the early 20th century. Besides it is a great story too!
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