Ruth, her sister, and her mother finally made it to America to join the men who had left them behind in Russia.
They all lived together in one apartment, and all the men and Ruth worked even though her father and her fiancée were against it.
Ruth worked in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory where she and many other immigrants worked for pennies seven days a week and for nine-hour days.
THE GIRL IN THE TRIANGLE is a marvelous debut. The characters are very well developed, and the story line is very well researched.
The famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire slowly brought changes to workplace safety and unions.
Ms. Peters kept my interest because of the personal side of the characters and the plight of the immigrants and the factory workers.
The fire was a horrible incident that could have been prevented had the doors not been locked and had there been ladders that reached to all the floors and not just to the sixth floor...the shirtwaist factory was on higher floors and deadly to everyone who jumped from the windows to escape the horrendous heat and flames.
Historical fiction fans and fans of women's fiction will enjoy THE GIRL IN THE TRIANGLE.
I was looking up Clara Lemlich and the owners of the factory Isaac Harris and Max Blanck who literally got away with murder.
The book also addressed the love of family and keeping religious and family traditions from fading away as well as women protesting for rights.
A well-researched, educational, difficult-to-put-down read. 5/5
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.