Kitty Burns Florey will introduce you to her new novel Amity Street at noon on March 10th at the Amherst Historical Society Simeon Strong House. Set in 1892, the scope of the novel includes the social and political upheavals of the 1890s–among them the suffrage movement, the Rational Dress Society, and the conventions of courtship. It also encompasses the taming of a hawk, the right way to train a voice, how to make rhubarb wine, and–most of all–the many ways to define home. This program is free and open to the public.
Amity Street is the sequel to her 2012 novel The Writing Master, set in New Haven, Connecticut in 1856. With this book, the story moves to 1892 Amherst, Massachusetts. Anna Felice, a wealthy former opera star, travels from Rome, Italy, to America — to Manhattan, to New Haven, finally to Amherst — in search of the truth about her birth.
Amity Street is the product of the author’s long admiration for Victorian novels and her fascination with social history. Her research for this book encompassed fashion, railroads, cooking, the training of hawks, the teaching of singing, the suffragist movement, and the early days of baseball. Most of all, the novel is deeply immersed in the history — the architecture, the shops, the colleges, the farms, the customs — of the town of Amherst not long before the turn of the century, and the end of an era.
Kitty Burns Florey is the author of 12 novels and two works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. Born in Syracuse, NY, she has lived in Boston, New Haven, and Brooklyn. She moved to Amherst in 2012.
Copies of Amity Street will be available for sale for $15.00 with partial proceeds supporting the Amherst Historical Society. Have the author autograph your copy! This program is part of our History Bites series. Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentation. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Amherst Historical Society works to connect people with the Town of Amherst, its history, and its culture. It was founded in 1903 by a group of Amherst citizens led by Mabel Loomis Todd to secure Amherst’s history and culture for future generations. Since 1916, our home has been the c. 1750 Simeon Strong House. For more information, visit our website, www.amhersthistory.org; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call us at 413.256.0678.