The research was absolutely fascinating and I've learning so much, from the struggles of Sicily in the late 19th century to a lynching of eleven Italian citizens in New Orleans to making bootlaces from squirrel skins (because who doesn't need that information?) to how to make moonshine (but I wouldn't trust me to bartend--or still-tend--at your next event). As with any study of history, it's startling to me how many of the late 19th-century issues have parallel modern day struggles.
Biltmore has found a home with a publisher, so stay tuned for more details!
Here's the Pitch--so far:
“Downton Abbey” meets House of Mirth meets The Man from St. Petersburg meets today's New York Times...
Rich with the details of Gilded Age excess, social turmoil and political battles over the latest wave of immigrants— the “huddled masses” welcomed by the new Statue of Liberty’s inscription but reviled by many cultural leaders as dangerous--Biltmore encapsulates all the best, worst and most fascinating of late 19th-America.