NEW YORK CITY, 1921
An impossible dream.
The war is over, the twenties are roaring, but in the depths of the city that never sleeps, Dorothy Parker is struggling to make her mark in a man’s world.
A broken woman.
She’s penniless, she’s unemployed and her marriage is on the rocks when she starts a bridge group with three extraordinary women – but will they be able to save her from herself?
A fight for survival.
When tragedy strikes, and everything Dorothy holds dear is threatened, it’s up to Peggy, Winifred and Jane to help her confront the truth before it’s too late. Because the stakes may be life or death…
A new novel from the internationally bestselling author, Sex and the City meets the 1920s in this sweeping tale of love, loss and the everlasting bonds of friendship. Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis, Dinah Jefferies and Chanel Cleeton.
Another insightful and enjoyable historical fiction novel by this very talented author.
Having devoured Gill’s previous two books (and I very highly recommend them) I was looking forward to her take on the famous Dorothy Parker, Dottie to her friends.
The novel is set in 1920’s Manhattan, post First World War, during prohibition, at the time female actors were expected to do anything for an acting role and same sex relationships were beginning to be seen as acceptable.
We meet Dottie and her three friends Jane, Winifred and Peggy as they get together to learn to play bridge, each taking turns to host their bridge nights.
The women become close and supportive of each other, this being very obvious after one of Dottie’s suicide attempts as they joined together to visit her in the hospital.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each woman, with their life’s ups and downs, their different personalities and their determination to succeed in life albeit with different life goals.
It would have been a pleasure to have joined in one of those bridge nights!
Gill is one of my auto read authors and I look forward to her next book.
A huge thank you to Avon books for generously sending me a copy of this magnificent book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gill Paul is the bestselling author of eleven historical novels, many of them describing real women she thinks have been marginalized or misjudged by historians. They include THE MANHATTAN GIRLS, about Dorothy Parker and three friends navigating life, love and careers in Prohibition-era New York, like a 1920s version of Sex and the City; THE COLLECTOR’S DAUGHTER, about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the first person to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb in modern times; JACKIE AND MARIA (retitled THE SECOND MARRIAGE in the UK) about Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy’s rivalry over Aristotle Onassis; two bestselling novels about the Romanovs – THE SECRET WIFE and THE LOST DAUGHTER – as well as WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, which was shortlisted for the 2013 RNA Epic Novel of the Year award, NO PLACE FOR A LADY, shortlisted for a Love Stories award, and ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND, about links you might not have suspected between Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana. Her novels have reached the top of the USA Today, Toronto Globe & Mail and kindle charts, and been translated into twenty-one languages.
Gill also writes historical non-fiction, including A HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN 50 OBJECTS, and she speaks at libraries and literary festivals on subjects ranging from Tutankhamun to the Romanovs.
Gill lives in London, where she is working on her twelfth novel, and she swims daily in an outdoor pond.