Gilded Girls

Gilded Girls

by R K Johnson


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Gilded Girls is a tale of four friends, Missy, Hazel, Poppy and Countess, all living in Washington, D.C. during the Gilded Age. It is autumn 1883 and the girls are determined to become members of the Firebirds Club, the city's leading social organization for ladies. But before the girls can join this sparkling set, they must prove themselves capable of putting on the club's annual masquerade ball. While planning the extraordinary affair, the girls each meet a suitor who tickles her fancy, including a real life prince from the Ashanti Kingdom in West Africa.

As the girls discover the complexity of planning a ball, they are also faced with the challenge of balancing newly found social pleasures with their responsibilities for the masquerade. But, will the girls' enchantments prove too distracting? And their biggest challenge of all: How to remain friends through everything. This gilded tale explores friendship, love and coming of age among Washington's African-American bourgeois after the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500675912
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

R.K. Johnson is a native Washingtonian and the author of two young adult historical novels, Gilded Girls and Gilded Debutante which explore the lives of elite African-Americans during the Gilded Age. After earning her MFA in Fiction at National University, R.K. went on to work as a technical writer and teach creative writing workshops to children in Washington, D.C. As a child R.K. began journaling and later realized what a huge role it played in self-discovery. It was the author's passion for reading and writing that led her to follow her childhood dream of becoming an author. She loves sharing her experience with others and works to promote literacy, writing and publishing to girls around the globe. Her hobbies include reading historical fiction by candlelight, visiting local libraries and traveling the world. Visit the author's website at to learn more about her work.

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