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Novel Tells of Houston’s Forgotten Era as the ‘Magnolia City’

Novel Tells of Houston’s Forgotten Era as the ‘Magnolia City’

Magnolia CityWe all know the stereotypes of Texas and Houston as places where everyone’s supposedly riding horses.

But a new novel flies in the face of Houston’s cowboy myth by telling the historical fiction of a largely forgotten era of the city’s history — the roaring 1920s — when Houston was known as the Magnolia City.

Magnolia City is also the name of a new novel by Houston native Duncan Alderson. The book has been described as the closest thing to Downton Abbey set in Houston — a Houston Alderson says was full of Great Gatsby-esque largess all set against the cacophonous backdrop of the oil boom.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →