https://www.facebook.com/elisehooperauthor/, “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. ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE SUMMER BY POPSUGAR, FROLIC, PARADE, TRAVEL & LEISURE, SHE KNOWS, and SHE READS! There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I was nervous for the girls during their races and their time in Berlin. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. 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. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions. Unable to add item to List. Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team. Fast Girls will hurl you down the track of American history and have you rooting for some of the toughest underdogs ever to aspire to Olympic gold...I couldn’t put this one down. Eager to prove that she has what it takes to be a champion, she risks everything to join the Olympic team. A few years ago, my younger daughter surprised me with an idea for a book. "Fast Girls is a high-speed romp as ambitious and heart-pounding as its trio of track-star heroines...A gold medal read from Elise Hooper!" This inspiring story is based on the real lives of three little-known trailblazing women Olympians. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Especially enchanting was the fact that these record-breakers were real! Her aspirations appear impossible until a chance encounter changes her life. The Berlin 1936 Olympics is the final backdrop. A New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature. I was nervous for the girls during their races and their time in Berlin. These three athletes will join with others to defy society’s expectations of what women can achieve. NAMED A REAL SIMPLE BEST BOOK OF 2020 (SO FAR). - Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network), "Fast Girls is a compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female Olympian in pre-war America. 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. It is delightful to read about women athletes in the Olympics at such an early time. It is a fascinating insight into the prejudice they faced as women and how they overcame it. To research the lives of my main characters, I relied upon several secondary sources, including a few excellent biographies and nonfiction books, but also primary sources like photographs, official Olympic reports, vintage newspaper articles, and oral histories from athletes of the era. http://www.elisehooper.com This inspiring story is based on the real lives of three little-known trailblazing women Olympians. Acclaimed novelist 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. Fans of sports-centered books won’t want to miss the latest offering from author Elise Hooper. . A very good book that kept me turning the pages. That this is a informative historical book. This site uses cookies. Who knew what these athletes went through and the Berlin Olympics made me think about how appalling it must have been. Americ, Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020. 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. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Expertly researched and deftly crafted...I was absolutely captivated by the lives, struggles, and triumphs of Betty, Helen and Louise.” - Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time, "Fast Girls by Elise Hooper is my favorite type of historical novel, as it brings to light a lesser known story of incredible women...Fast Girls is rich in historical detail and so compelling, I rooted for ‘the girls’ all the way through and found the novel impossible to put down." https://www.facebook.com/elisehooperauthor/, Essay by Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press. from the 1970s shed insight and when I tracked down the reporter who wrote it, he loaned me a huge file of newspaper clippings and interview notes he’d taken with members of the Stokes family.

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