The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel
From award-winning author Genevieve Valentine, a "gorgeous and bewitching" (Scott Westerfeld) reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan.
Jo, the firstborn, "The General" to her eleven sisters, is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother. She is the one who taught them how to dance, the one who gives the signal each night, as they slip out of the confines of their father’s townhouse to await the cabs that will take them to the speakeasy. Together they elude their distant and controlling father, until the day he decides to marry them all off.
The girls, meanwhile, continue to dance, from Salon Renaud to the Swan and, finally, the Kingfisher, the club they come to call home. They dance until one night when they are caught in a raid, separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn’t seen in almost ten years. Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and eleven sisters, but those she must make of herself.
With The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, award-winning writer Genevieve Valentine takes her superb storytelling gifts to new heights, joining the leagues of such Jazz Age depicters as Amor Towles and Paula McClain, and penning a dazzling tale about love, sisterhood, and freedom.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JMlibrarian - LibraryThing
Review: Fun fluff. The plot definitely grew on me as the story progressed. I was engrossed by the last third as the sisters grew older and had increasing difficulty maintaining their secret dancing. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing
Cloistered at home, Jo and her eleven sisters sneak out night after night to dance in speakeasies and clubs scattered throughout the city. They come to life while they dance, shedding their sheltered ... Read full review