by Joanna Scutts
The Extra Woman tells the forgotten story of Marjorie Hillis, author of books for women about living alone in the 1930s, and through her the world of self-help and feminine independence in mid-century America.
Hillis was the first mainstream American writer to concern herself with the happiness of single women—happiness for its own sake, and single women on their own terms. With her bestselling series beginning with Live Alone and Like It, the longtime Vogue editor became a guiding voice for her self-defined and self-created reader, the “Live-Aloner”—that is, women who made their own money and choices, mixed their own cocktails, and didn’t give a damn what their families thought. Just as Marjorie Hillis is a precursor to Carrie Bradshaw, Hannah Horvath, and all their real-life followers, The Extra Woman offers an essential prequel to these narratives of contemporary single living. Scutts shows how the interplay of singleness, self-help, domestic pleasures, urbanization, journalism, and economics shaped the American twentieth century and laid the groundwork for the feminist movements and Live-Aloners to come.
North American Publisher: Liveright/Norton, October 2017
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services