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Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed

Edna Ferber

Dawn O’Hara, the Girl Who Laughed was Edna Ferber’s first novel. Dawn, a newspaperwoman working in New York, finds herself back home in Michigan on doctor’s orders. Years of living in boarding-houses and working to pay for the care of her brilliant but mentally ill husband, Peter Orme, have taken their toll. At twenty-eight, Dawn feels like an old woman with no future. But, the loving care of her sister Norah and her family along with the attentions of the handsome German doctor, Ernst Von Gerhard, slowly bring Dawn back to life. With Dr. Von Gerhard’s help, she obtains a newspaper job in Milwaukee and begins a year of new adventures among new people. However, the specter of her husband living in a mental hospital is always present and Dawn fears she may never be free to love again. (Summary by Lee Ann Howlett)

Dawn O’Hara, the Girl Who Laughed was Edna Ferber’s first novel. Dawn, a newspaperwoman working in New York, finds herself back home in Michigan on doctor’s orders. Years of living in boarding-houses and working to pay for the care of her brilliant but mentally ill husband, Peter Orme, have taken their toll. At twenty-eight, Dawn feels like an old woman with no future. But, the loving care of her sister Norah and her family along with the attentions of the handsome German doctor, Ernst Von Gerhard, slowly bring Dawn back to life. With Dr. Von Gerhard’s help, she obtains a newspaper job in Milwaukee and begins a year of new adventures among new people. However, the specter of her husband living in a mental hospital is always present and Dawn fears she may never be free to love again. (Summary by Lee Ann Howlett)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Dawn O’Hara, the Girl Who Laughed was Edna Ferber’s first novel. Dawn, a newspaperwoman working in New York, finds herself back home in Michigan on doctor’s orders. Years of living in boarding-houses and working to pay for the care of her brilliant but mentally ill husband, Peter Orme, have taken their toll. At twenty-eight, Dawn feels like an old woman with no future. But, the loving care of her sister Norah and her family along with the attentions of the handsome German doctor, Ernst Von Gerhard, slowly bring Dawn back to life. With Dr. Von Gerhard’s help, she obtains a newspaper job in Milwaukee and begins a year of new adventures among new people. However, the specter of her husband living in a mental hospital is always present and Dawn fears she may never be free to love again. (Summary by Lee Ann Howlett)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

5h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:14