Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Chelsea Girls

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!

The Chelsea Girls
Fiona Davis
Expected publication date: July 30, 2019
From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives.

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel. - from Goodreads
I've enjoyed all of Fiona Davis' other books, especially since they each focus on a unique historical NYC landmark!

24 comments:

  1. Oh, that's interesting -- I didn't realise Davis focused on unique landmarks in NYC !I need to check out her other stuff!

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    1. Yes! I think eventually she will move onto other subjects, but I love that for her books so far she has chosen such interesting buildings.

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  2. I read my first Fiona Davis novel this past year and really enjoyed it! This one is definitely on my TBR list! Great pick!

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  3. Love Fiona Davis - can't wait for this one!

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  4. The setting has lured me in! I think that this one sounds fantastic. I will definitely have to add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing it! :)

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  5. I really want to read this one too! I enjoy reading about this time period. I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Ooh! This sounds like a cute read! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  7. What a a neat cover! I love the sound of 50's NY as a setting as well.

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  8. I love how vintage the cover looks and it sounds really good too! I hope you love it!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  9. I haven't tried one of her books yet but they're all on my TBR since they combine two of my favorite things: NYC and historical fiction. This one sounds especially good, with that 40s - 60s timeline.

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  10. oh :D historical NYC I need to look this up

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  11. Sounds interesting. That seems like such an interesting time in history.

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  12. Beautiful cover. I've actually wanted to read books set in the 1950s but not necessarily about the Red Scare/politics. I've never read a Fiona Davis. Is she like Beatriz Williams (I believe that's her name) who seems to write historical fiction set around the same time? I might have that wrong to be honest. I haven't read one of her books either but they do intrigue me. I was thinking of doing these Can't Wait Wednesday because of you but I think that would be counterproductive to trying to get rid of/read more books off my tbr list. I'm at a stand still now at 201 books. I keep on reading one book and adding another. Now that I'm done ranting... I hope you enjoy Chelsea Girls as much as you have enjoyed Davis' other books!

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    1. Thanks, Adriana! She is similar to Beatriz Williams, who I also love. Their writing styles are different, but they both do historical fiction very well.

      201 books on your TBR actually isn't bad! I see some people with several hundred or thousands - that would give me anxiety! Plus, I like to look at my TBR as fluid - I kind of hope it will never be done!

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