April White — The Divorce Colony - with Jennie Rothenberg Gritz — at Conn Ave

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Friday, July 8, 2022 - 7:00pm

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In The Divorce Colony, writer and historian April White unveils the incredible social, political, and personal dramas that unfolded in Sioux Falls and reverberated around the country through the stories of four very different women: Maggie De Stuers, a descendent of the influential New York Astors whose divorce captivated the world; Mary Nevins Blaine, a daughter-in-law to a presidential hopeful with a vendetta against her meddling mother-in-law; Blanche Molineux, an aspiring actress escaping a husband she believed to be a murderer; and Flora Bigelow Dodge, a vivacious woman determined, against all odds, to obtain a "dignified" divorce.

April White is a senior writer and editor at Atlas Obscura. She previously worked as an editor at Smithsonian Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in history and her work has appeared in publications including the Washington PostThe Atavist Magazine, and JSTOR Daily, where she wrote a regular column on the history of food. She lives in Washington, DC.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor and writer at Smithsonian magazine, where she focuses on history and science. She has a masters degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and was a senior editor at The Atlantic from 2005 to 2015.


5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier By April White Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306827662
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hachette Books - June 14th, 2022