Houston Matters

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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