Indiscretions Along Virtue Avenue
Confessions of Sadie OrchardBook - 2019
"This highly researched novel follows the life of Sadie Orchard, a real historical character, born Sarah Jane Creech in Mills County, Iowa, in 1859. Sadie chose a path of prostitution, but little is known of her early days. In 1886, she moved into Kingston, New Mexico Territory, speaking with a British accent and claiming to be from the Limehouse district of London. Within a year, Sadie had her own brothel on Virtue Avenue. Outrageous stories abound about Sadie, and some historians consider it plausible that she conspired with another woman and employed dynamite in an attempted murder. However, in many ways, Sadie might argue that she stayed on Virtue Avenue all her life. She and her girls helped raise money to build a church and tended victims of smallpox. Sadie married J.W. Orchard, owner of an express line, and became one of the few women to drive a stagecoach. A friend of the actress Lillian Russell, Sadie also counted territorial governor William Thornton and politician Albert Fall among her friends. Harper Courtland weaves the myths and known details of Sadies life, adds an element of the supernatural, and lets Sadie fill in the rest. If you find things in this story hard to believe, remember that, above all else, Sadie was a liar."--Author's website.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Five Star, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Confessions of Sadie Orchard