Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team
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About the Author
A native New Englander, Elise Hooper spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before getting an MA and teaching high-school literature and history. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. Previous novels include The Other Alcott and Learning to See.
"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!" -- 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. Rich with historical detail and brilliant story-telling, the book follows three athletes on their path to compete - and win - in a man's world." -- Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl and The Last Romantics
"...kinetic, mesmerizing, and terrifically entertaining...A wonderful novel...it will surely appeal to anyone with an interest in the pioneering women who paved the rocky and uphill way for today's female Olympians." -- Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of The Gown
"...a moving novel of strength, courage, and ultimately perseverance. 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 is an inspiring tale. . . vibrant in its detailing and riveting in its story, and at times, I wanted to cheer. Like Louise, Helen, and Betty, I raced to the finish line. Highly recommended." -- Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author
"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." -- Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls
"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." -- Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante and The Girl in White Gloves
"I raced through this fast-paced novel on an exhilarating journey that begins with the humble beginnings of promising female runners and culminates in their inspiring and obstacle-filled quests for Olympic glory...Perfect for readers who want to be motivated by strong women and their pursuit of seemingly-impossible dreams." -- Susie Orman Schnall, author of The Subway Girls and We Came Here to Shine
"Hooper celebrates three unheralded female athletes in a tale spanning three Olympiads...For fans of historical fiction about real people, and stories about little-known female heroes breaking through barriers." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Told in intricate detail, against the backdrop of a world on the brink of war, the novel shines a light on these long- overlooked athletes." -- Real Simple Magazine
"Hooper has delivered a stunning, multi-layered gem of a novel. With stark frankness, she illuminates the racism, sexism, and homophobia of the era. Yet, while the three protagonists are often victimized, they never allow themselves to become victims...Readers will be richly rewarded." -- Historical Novels Review
Praise for Learning to See: "Hooper makes me not only feel for Lange, but also wish I could call her up like her friend, Imogen [Cunningham], and tell her I'm coming over for a visit."
Praise for Learning to See: "Hooper excels at humanizing giants...seamlessly weaving together the time, places and people in Lange's life.... For photo buffs, reading the book will be like discovering the secret backstory of someone they thought they knew."
-- Washington Post
Praise for The Other Alcott: “Her adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s, a milieu too little appreciated today.... The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May.”
-- New York Times, Sunday Review of Books