The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi
Little description:Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers!
It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.
Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.
- Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?”
- Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle?
- What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?
Genre: Historical Fiction
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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5
Anna Gaines was the opposite character of what her society used to determine the status and privileges for the women in 19th century. She didn’t want to be timid, just quiet housewife who could only do what was asked of her by her husband and listen to the demanding society… After the horse accident, she tried to hide form the world; now with a limp in her hips, she would not be considered a young, illegible woman for courting; the wedding was out of question. Yet when visiting her aunt, she tried the most freeing way be herself, costing her a reputation and the nasty gossips slipping and circling through her neighborhood and the country. After she spend time learning to cycle, she didn’t want to let it go. She felt so free, and so not what the society expected of her… She would prove them all, that women can cycle as good as men, and there shouldn’t be any shame on their gender. With a new line of the fashion for this man’s sports, the new bloomers came to the stores… Yet many were frighten to embrace the new women’s movement of cycling and of bloomers.
Provided by Litfuse as a complementary copy for my opinion and review.