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At the time of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, E.G. Lewis is poised to become the richest man in America. His Woman’s Magazine employs legions of women and reaches nearly every household in the country, creating a national platform to promote progressive views (including a woman’s right to vote).

His outsized charm and entrepreneurial spirit attract clever, creative women who fight passionately for a new American dream. However, the magazine’s success soon exposes a tangled web of envy and manipulation that threatens men at the highest levels of business and government, inviting a conspiracy that could erase everything.

As E.G. Lewis’s wealth, power, and influence grow, new temptations challenge his family, coworkers, and especially his marriage. His only chance for redemption comes from the smart, capable women in his circle, reminding the world to never underestimate the company of women.

Launches November 14

City Of Women

At the start of World War I, E.G. Lewis promotes his new city of Atascadero in California as a rival to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Targeting the millions of subscribers to his national women’s magazines, his alluring sales brochures attact legions of women to invest and pre-purchase homesites in what is designed to be a utopia for progressive women and their families.

His outsized charm and entrepreneurial spirit entice clever, determined women to move across the country to build a new American dream. However, Atascadero’s success soon attracts conspirators from his past, threatening to destroy all he’s built.

With vultures circling, E.G. Lewis fights not only to keep Atascadero alive but also to preserve the one relationship he most cherishes — his marriage. His only salvation comes from the smart, capable women in his circle, remind the world never to underestimate a city of women.

READER REVIEWS

Company of Women

Company of Women is a perfect combination of historical fiction and business strategy. It is no surprise that Doug Villhard (an entrepreneur himself) would be inspired to write about E.G. Lewis and his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Walker Deibel, best-selling author of “Buy Then Build”

Historical Fiction Meets Business Strategy

It was so fun learning more about the life of E.G. Lewis. Having grown up in the St. Louis area my entire life, I had zero clue this man accomplished so much for the city.

Jess

Great book written about true events.

Beautifully written with twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. I found myself applauding Villhard’s beautiful character development, subtle foreshadowing, and unique ability to make a historic story come to life in a modern, exciting, funny, and thought-provoking way. I looked forward to the opening of each short chapter… never flashy, but always clever.

Elizabeth

Fantastic read!

READER REVIEWS

Company of Women

Company of Women is a perfect combination of historical fiction and business strategy. It is no surprise that Doug Villhard (an entrepreneur himself) would be inspired to write about E.G. Lewis and his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Walker Deibel, best-selling author of “Buy Then Build”

Historical Fiction Meets Business Strategy

It was so fun learning more about the life of E.G. Lewis. Having grown up in the St. Louis area my entire life, I had zero clue this man accomplished so much for the city.

Jess

Great book written about true events.

Beautifully written with twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. I found myself applauding Villhard’s beautiful character development, subtle foreshadowing, and unique ability to make a historic story come to life in a modern, exciting, funny, and thought-provoking way. I looked forward to the opening of each short chapter… never flashy, but always clever.

Elizabeth

Fantastic read!

READER REVIEWS

Company of Women

Company of Women is a perfect combination of historical fiction and business strategy. It is no surprise that Doug Villhard (an entrepreneur himself) would be inspired to write about E.G. Lewis and his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Walker Deibel, best-selling author of “Buy Then Build”

Historical Fiction Meets Business Strategy

It was so fun learning more about the life of E.G. Lewis. Having grown up in the St. Louis area my entire life, I had zero clue this man accomplished so much for the city.

Jess

Great book written about true events.

Beautifully written with twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. I found myself applauding Villhard’s beautiful character development, subtle foreshadowing, and unique ability to make a historic story come to life in a modern, exciting, funny, and thought-provoking way. I looked forward to the opening of each short chapter… never flashy, but always clever.

Elizabeth

Fantastic read!

MEET THE AUTHOR

Doug Villhard

Writer, Professor, Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist

After decades of starting and selling companies, Villhard is supposed to be retired, but instead is having too much fun heading the #1 ranked entrepreneurship department at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Doug, his wife Diane, and their four children live just outside of St. Louis in Glen Carbon, IL, where they co-founded Father McGivney Catholic High School.