The March 2019 edition of the Indiania Historical Society’s “Women Behaving Badly” program features none other than Susannah Tarkington, Booth Tarkington’s second wife and long companion. The program takes participants through a series of vignettes, each introducing guests to a renegade lady in the shadows of Indiana history.

Small-town newspaper editor John Harkless incurs the vengeance of local politicos and Klansmen while his melancholy steers him into an unexpected romance. A fine first novel with some wonderful prose and still-relevant themes, if over-plotted.