Fast Girls by Elise Hooper audiobook

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team.

By Elise Hooper
Read by Karissa Vacker , Reba Buhr , Kristyl Dawn Tift , and Kaleo Griffith

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062937995

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094162980

  • ISBN: 9781094162973

  • ISBN: 9781094162997

Runtime: 12.04 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Fast Girls is a compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female Olympian in pre-war America...Brava to Elise Hooper for bringing these inspiring heroines to the wide audience they so richly deserve.”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics and The House Girl

Acclaimed author Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real life history of female athletes, members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and their journeys to the 1936 summer games in Berlin, Nazi Germany. Perfect for readers who love untold stories of amazing women, such as The Only Woman in the Room, Hidden Figures, and The Lost Girls of Paris.

In the 1928 Olympics, Chicago’s Betty Robinson competes as a member of the first-ever women’s delegation in track and field. Destined for further glory, she returns home feted as America’s Golden Girl until a nearly-fatal airplane crash threatens to end everything.

Outside of Boston, Louise Stokes, one of the few black girls in her town, sees competing as an opportunity to overcome the limitations placed on her. Eager to prove that she has what it takes to be a champion, she risks everything to join the Olympic team.

From Missouri, Helen Stephens, awkward, tomboyish, and poor, is considered an outcast by her schoolmates, but she dreams of escaping the hardships of her farm life through athletic success. Her aspirations appear impossible until a chance encounter changes her life.

These three athletes will join with others to defy society’s expectations of what women can achieve. As tensions bring the United States and Europe closer and closer to the brink of war, Betty, Louise, and Helen must fight for the chance to compete as the fastest women in the world amidst the pomp and pageantry of the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Olympics in Berlin. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Will hurl you down the track of American history and have you rooting for some of the toughest underdogs ever.” Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante

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Author

Author Bio: Elise Hooper

Author Bio: Elise Hooper

Elise Hooper, though a New Englander by birth (and at heart), lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English