Diane Simmons

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The Courtship of Eva Eldridge

A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage Mad Fifties

University of Iowa Press

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"The writing is vivid and tight, with a touch of American noir reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion. Simmons's writing brings to life the dark side of a country trying to move on in the wake of war. She blends history and her own detective work to tell a story of betrayal and shattered dreams." -- Peter Chilson, author, Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories. Winner AWP award for creative non-fiction Riding the Demon Road

Diane Simmons has brilliantly used a collection of never-before-seen World War II letters to tell a story that has all the twists of a true crime novel. At its heart, this is a poignant, extraordinary tale of a woman who married a man with a secret and troubling past. **--Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestseller, War Letter

The Courtship of Eva Eldridge is both a riveting narrative of detection and a moving story about individual lives caught up in the changing gender roles generated by World War II. Diane Simmons employs dogged research, smart analysis, existing scholarship, and lively prose to create a history that is hard to to put down.”**--Susan Hartman, author, The Home Front and Beyond: American Women in the 1940s