One of our FAVORITE historical fiction authors, FIONA DAVIS is back with another gripping story about an iconic New York City building, The Chelsea Hostel in her novel, THE CHELSEA GIRLS (Dutton).
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.
LUCKY FOR US, FIONA TOOK SOME TIME OUT OF HER VERY BUSY SCHEDULE TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS!
1. What attracted you to writing historical fiction?
2. Your books are about iconic New York Buildings? Why did you start writing around these locations?
3. Which is your favorite book? (Probably newest) Let’s say it’s being made into a movie; who would star?
4. What’s next?
5. Anything you’d like to add?
F I O N A began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.
After getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. Fiona’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
She’s a graduate of the College of William & Mary and is based in New York City.
Thanks to Fiona we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which of Fiona’s novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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