Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
'Polls have recently confirmed what has long been suspected; most men do not want brainy women. Stewardesses have turned out to be that occupation blessed most often with marriage. The key elements appear to be uniforms and travel.' It is 1947 and in the aftermath of World War II, halcyon days have not returned to Magrit, Minnesota, where the veterans have failed to come home. The men haven't died; they've just moved onto greener pastures, rejecting the local women, who served the war effort in the Scientific Kitchen of Margaret Mill. The mill was founded by Henry Collins, the man responsible for Sweetwheats, the world's first puffed and sugar-coated cereal. As part of a publicity campaign, Henry creates the Sweetwheats, the all-girl baseball team, convincing the mill girls that this will help them find husbands. First published 1996.
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of Sister Noon, Sarah Canary, Black Glass and The Jane Austen Book Club. She lives in Davis, California.