In early twentieth century Paterson, New Jersey, dashing twenty-nine year old Abraham Bressler charms naïve nineteen year old Sarah Singer into marriage by making her believe he feels the same way she does about the new calling of a modern woman. He then turns around and gives her little more respect than he would a servant, demanding she stay home to care for “his” house and “his” children.
Feeling betrayed Sarah defies him and joins women’s groups, actively participating in rallies for woman suffrage, child welfare and reproductive freedom. For a while she succeeds in treading delicately between the demands of her husband and her desire to be an independent woman. Her balancing act falters when a strike shuts down Paterson’s 300 silk mills. With many friends working in the mills, Sarah is forced to choose sides in the battle between her Capitalist husband and his Socialist brother, a union leader who happens to be her best friend’s husband.
Jealousy, infidelity, arrogance, greed—the characters’ titanic struggles will catapult you into the heights of their euphoria and the depths of their despair. Who will triumph and who will be humbled is not certain until the last page.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I like to think I create great characters in conflict. It is conflict among the characters that keeps the reader turning the pages. Reviewers have said about Silk Legacy:
“I loved this book. The characters are so real.”
“His characters are magnificent.”
“Remarkable storytelling skills. Vivid and enticing characters”
“I haven’t just enjoyed this book, I have loved it from the first page.”
“A deft story teller with a knack for plot twists.”
“Brawer combines various plot and character elements to create a large, variegated picture of American society at a combustible moment.”
“Although fictional, the Bressler family was made up of flesh-and-blood characters. They laughed, loved, argued, fought, and had adulterous affairs.”
“The writing style was as polished and professional-looking as I’ve seen.”
“Dialogues were realistic and often served to emphasize the enormity of the conflict and the high stakes involved.”
“I would recommend this book to any of my friends or family.”
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What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Once you begin your writing try to find a critique group that will give you honest feedback on character development, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict and setting. But don’t automatically take anyone’s critique as gospel. Remember, it’s your story. Analyze the critiques to see if they have merit. Say you have a six person group. If one person criticizes something then it may or may not be valid. But if three or four in the group say the same thing about a segment then you should take it under serious consideration.
After graduating the University of Florida and a six month basic training tour in the National Guard, Richard worked 35 years in the textile industry. Always an avid reader, Richard began writing mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels in 1994. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and growing roses. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was inspired by my love of history. My grandparents immigrated to Paterson, NJ in the 1890s. They had six sons. My branch moved away when I was twelve. When I read that the Passaic County Historical Society was giving lectures on the early twentieth century silk industry in Paterson, I thought it would be interesting to find out about the life and times of my grandparents when they came to the city. The talks were so interesting that I did more research on the silk industry. The result is Silk Legacy.