The Broken Statue

The Broken Statue

Margaret Lukas


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Omaha, 1905: During the gilded age, when women live subjugated to men, eighteen-year-old Bridget prides herself on having earned acceptance to medical school.

When her father is murdered, a crime that does not interest the law because he was half Native American, she risks her plans to become a doctor, determined to avenge his murder.

Bridget's quest thrusts her into a world of seedy men and glitzy women in one of Omaha's most opulent brothels. There, she finds herself the prey rather than the hunter. If she is to survive, she must keep the reclusive madam's shocking secrets, learn to trust her heart's yearning for the man who befriends her, and embrace her complicated alliance with a community of notorious women considered society's lowest.


Margaret Lukas:
Margaret Lukas taught writing for several years at the University of Nebraska. Her award-winning short story The Yellow Bird was made into a short by Smiling Toad Productions in Canada and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Lukas has writings in anthologies, magazines, and online. Her debut novel, Farthest House, received a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship Award. River People is her second novel and the first book in her River Women historical women’s fiction series. She lives in Omaha with her husband.