Waiting on Wednesday: Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Expected Release Date: January 8, 2015

A goregously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.
Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world.

(summary via Goodreads)

I’ve seen some good buzz about this one already, so I can’t wait to find a copy and get to reading.  I’m particularly interested in feminist works right now, so this fits in nicely with my unofficial theme of 2015.  I don’t know anything about Clara Lemlich, and even though this novel claims to be merely “inspired” by a true story, I’m excited to learn a bit more.

What are you waiting on this week?

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