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Aboard the S.S. Kroonland, Valentina Meyer, a beautiful, mysterious woman wearing a white evening gown, admits to being a stowaway on the ocean liner headed toward Ellis Island. Now a passenger with a secret and an uncertain future, she becomes the central figure around whom the lives of a small group of first-class passengers revolve. Henri is a sculptor who unexpectedly falls in love with Billie, a young lady dependent upon a “gentleman” to support her. But Billie has a secret that will change her life and that of William, the gentleman upon whose “generosity” she relies. Thomas, traveling with his sister Victoria, falls desperately in love with Valentina, resisting his sister’s attempts to prevent their relationship. Lily, a sharp, analytical young woman bound to a wheelchair, befriends Henri as she observes the goings-on. A symbolic journey that investigates the natural transitions between phases in our lives, She Wore Only White explores the deepest recesses of the human heart.
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Dörthe Binkert was born in Hagen, Germany. She studied literature, art history, and politics and earned a PhD in literature. For thirty years she was an editor and editor-in-chief for several major German publishing houses. After writing nonfiction books for years, she published her first novel, Weit übers Meer (published in English as She Wore Only White), in 2008, inspired by an intriguing historical news article. She has a son, and she currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland, where she writes fiction and nonfiction and works as a freelance journalist.Review:
Praise for She Wore Only White
"Anyone who loved Titanic will relish this book." – Bücher.de, Germany
"This book takes us on a wonderful journey of life transition—along with the liberating power of love." –Linzer Magazin, Austria
"The portrait of a bygone time: scandalous, melancholy, romantic. A wonderful 'first.' " --Frankfurter Stadtkurier, Germany
"Based on a true story, this tale of love and family with Titanic-like flair gives readers a glimpse of bygone conventions and the escape from them." --Nordwest Zeitung, Germany
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