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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Large Print
Publication date January 10, 2006
Pages 511
Binding Hardcover
Edition Large print
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739325995
ISBN-10 073932599X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 10 in.
Weight 1.60 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.95
Other format details large print
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrive in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter for The Miami Star and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami, confronting conflicting loyalties, shady dealings, and personal and professional setbacks as she pursues her goals. (General Fiction)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Here at last is the eagerly awaited new novel from New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin. Queen of the Underworld is sweeping and sultry literary fiction, featuring a memorable young heroine and engaging characters whose intimate dramas interconnect with hers.
In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees.
Emma’s avid curiosity about life thrives amid the tropical charms and intrigues of Miami. While toiling at the news desk, she plans the fictional stories she will write in her spare time. She spends her nights getting to know the Cuban families in her hotel–and rendezvousing with her married lover, Paul Nightingale, owner of a private Miami Beach club.
As Emma experiences the historical events enveloping the city, she trains her perceptive eye on the people surrounding her: a newfound Cuban friend who joins the covert anti-Castro training brigade, a gambling racketeer who poses a grave threat to Paul, and a former madam, still in her twenties, who becomes both Emma’s obsession and her alter ego. Emma’s life, like a complicated dance that keeps sweeping her off her balance, is suddenly filled with divided loyalties, shady dealings, romantic and professional setbacks, and, throughout, her adamant determination to avoid “usurpation” by others and remain the protagonist of her own quest.

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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Random House Large Print (January 10, 2006)
9780739325995 | details & prices | 511 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $26.95
About: In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami.
from Random House Inc (January 10, 2006)
9780345483188 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (January 30, 2007)
9780345483195 | details & prices | 368 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $14.95
About: In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter for The Miami Star and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami, confronting conflicting loyalties, shady dealings, and personal and professional setbacks as she pursues her goals.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Stephanie Zimbalist (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Random House (January 10, 2006)
9780739324721 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $29.95
About: In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami.

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