We absolutely love author, Fiona Davis’ novels! First there was THE DOLLHOUSE about NYC’s Barbizon Hotel, then THE ADDRESS, centered on the iconic Dakota building on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and most recently, we’ve been awed by THE MASTERPIECE which is about Central Station, or what most of us know as Grand Central Station. Here’s the cover of her new novel, THE CHELSEA GIRLS (Dutton) which will be published in July! Gorgeous!
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.
In case you couldn’t figure it out, Fiona grew up in and loves New York City.
But she equally loves the Holidays, as we found out when we asked her a few questions.
What is your favorite holiday?
I adore Christmas, but my memories all stem from the schlocky ‘70s Christmases of my youth, where the tree was drenched with tinsel that you were still vacuuming up after Easter, and the holiday shows like Charlie Brown’s Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were considered cutting edge animation.
What do you love about the holiday?
I live in New York, and there’s something about the holiday spirit that reverberates all over the city, from the tourists at Rockefeller Center to the dog-walkers in Central Park. Everyone shares a lovely feeling of anticipation, even if in the same breath we complain about the traffic gridlock.
What is your fondest holiday memory?
One year, starting around November, my father and my brother would disappear into the basement every night after dinner. My dad had a whole workshop down there and I didn’t think twice about it, until Christmas morning, when it turned out they’d been building the most wonderful dollhouse for me. It was enormous and exquisite and I was completely surprised.
What are you wishes for 2019?
For women to continue rising up and demanding to be respected and heard.
Lucky us, Fiona is willing to giveaway a signed copy of THE MASTERPIECE. Just tell us which novel of Fiona’s you enjoyed reading most. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.