The Blue OrchardBook - 2010
"On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. Through sheer force of will and a few chance encounters, she manages to teach herself to read and becomes a nurse. But Verna's new life falls to pieces when she is arrested for assisting a black doctor with 'illegal surgeries.' As the media firestorm rages, Verna reflects on her life while awaiting trial."--p.  of jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781439186688 (hc)
Call Number: FICTION TAYLOR