Writing “Courtship,” Martha Fitzgerald told business executive Sylvia Browder, wasn’t so much a matter of choice. “This book found me, as custodian of a personal legacy and historical treasure, and a veteran journalist embarking on a second career.”
She and her father started on the book together. After his death in 2007, she felt his blessing to continue, “to preserve my late mother’s story as much as his own. Women were scarce in medical school when she enrolled in 1934, but she was modest about her achievements then and later. Courtship illustrates the 1930s barriers challenging women professionals and two-career marriages.”
The author recounted the story in Browder’s Blog for Women Entrepeneurs: National Association of Women on the Rise.
Sylvia: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Martha: Long-lasting love builds over time, beginning with trust and commitment. And lives of service begin with high ideals and perseverance. As one reviewer has written, Courtship is a “lesson from those who came before that great obstacle can be overcome and all will be worth it in the end.”