The Fortune Follies by Catori Sarmiento #32

The Fortune Follies is a novel that follows two young women in the Igarashi family as
they navigate their roles in a constantly changing city. After the end of World War Two,
American society is recuperating from the human loss of war, an uneven social system, and the massive Sinclair manufacturing company that has caused a technological boom.
Seeing a new opportunity, Sarah Igarashi departs from her home on the coast of Alaska to
meet her cousin in Seattle where she stumbles to find her place in a new city filled with
otherworldly technologies and ideals. In contrast is her cousin, Penelope, who is quite
comfortable navigating through a rapidly changing society while also pursuing a singing career with the assistance of her close cousin, George. However, in pursuing their own goals, each family member is met with outward and inward conflicts; from familial deception to social upheaval and natural disasters. Central to the story is the conflicting relationship between Sarah and Penelope. While Sarah struggles with a non-citizen status as she works packing cigarettes in a Sinclair factory, Penelope pursues her dream of becoming a nightclub singer, often using her family’s influence in organized crime to gain favor. Yet, when Sarah begins to participate in The Patriot Liberty Union, a group dedicated to workers’ rights and which actively protests within the city, certain truths are revealed as to the motivations of the Sinclair industries and Penelope’s true role in their family dynamic.

Author Biography

After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s travels while being a
military spouse have often inspired her unique writing style. Although she began writing at an early age, it was not until she began writing poetry during her time as a University of Maryland student that she decided to seriously pursue professional writing. She went on to study writing in a graduate program at National University of San Diego while also living in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation, she began writing what would become a first place Cygnus Award winning novel, The Fortune Follies. A year later, her next novel, Carnival Panic was published. She hopes that readers will find intrigue and entertainment in her stories!


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