A hooker. A mistress. A murder. This town was built on sin.The town of Trinidad, Colorado was a tough place to be a woman in 1913.
But it was the best place in the West to find one, if you had the cash.Honeyville, they used to call it.A murder throws Inez and Dora together - two women from opposite sides of town, in a town built for men.
Against all odds, the well born girl and the high class hooker are drawn together in friendship...But this is a town that is rotten to the core, and beyond the rustling of silk skirts, the dancing and laughter, deadly unrest is building...Welcome to Honeyville - a town living by its own rules, where nothing is quite as it seemsA STORY INSPIRED BY A LOST CHAPTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 20/11/2014
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007431779
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
After a wobbly introduction - I'm not sure that launching into a round of glib dialogue, twenty years after the main events of the story, really works - something clicked, and I got caught up in the characters and the plot. What would have piqued my interest more than a Hollywood party is the historical background to the novel, which comes at the end with the author Q&A. Daisy Waugh paints a poignant portrait of 'Honeyville', or Trinidad, Colorado, the mining town at the heart of her story, both as it was in 1914, at the time of the Ludlow Massacre, and today, with many abandoned buildings but free wifi in McDonald's. Events, both historical and fictional, are gradually explained, but getting a taste of the troubled mining town without needing recourse to Wikipedia would have totally sucked me in!I did come to like the narrator of the story, a world-weary hooker named Dora who forms an unlikely alliance with a pretty, privileged young woman named Inez. Dora's character is wonderfully layered, but I struggled to form a connection with the character, perhaps because of all the twittery, giggling dialogue with Inez in the opening chapters. Stripping away all the dark history of the town, <i>Honeyville</i> is really the story of a friendship and a doomed love affair, with a few interesting and sympathetic characters on the side. Dora is the heart of the novel, while deceptively ditzy Inez waits in the wings. Waugh sets the scene perfectly, from the gaudy brothel where Dora works to the wild west atmosphere of the town, caught between union agitators and the mining company's heavies. The fictional climax, when it came, was suitably foreshadowed but still slightly shocking - and also, I must admit, rather satisfying!A well-paced fictional incorporation of an historical tragedy, worth persevering with.