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

We 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. […]

We 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 Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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