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Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. 

Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a lifelong love affair with another woman and into the arms of an Italian baron. 

With the Panic of 1893, the nation spirals into a depression, and Ruby's career takes a similar downward trajectory. After thinking she could have it all, Ruby now wonders how she can salvage the remnants of her life. Pregnant and broke, she returns to Texas rather than join the queues at the neighborhood soup kitchen.   

Set against the Gilded Age of America, a time when suffragettes fight for reproductive rights and the right to vote, A Different Kind of Fire depicts one woman's battle to balance husband, family, career, and ambition. Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and becoming a renowned painter, Ruby's choices mold her in ways she could never have foreseen.

©2018 Waldorf Publishing (P)2018 Waldorf Publishing

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Out of West Texas to her Passion

How does one stifle seething insides? Ruby Louise comes from a small provincial town. Her destiny is etched in the common, the mundane, in Texas 1890 tradition. Bismark, her betrothed, is loyal as a mule, but something is missing. She's defies family obstacles and makes it to a Pensylvania art school. There her sexuality and artistic pursuit shake out of her true self. Shaffer boldly draws you in, wrenches your expectations, and leaves you limp at the end, great first showing.