Searching for Grace Kelly

Searching for Grace Kelly

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For a small-town girl with a big dream in 1955, there is no address more glamorous than New York's Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives in its vaunted halls to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate Dolly comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash, redheaded British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel's rules, rounds out the unlikely trio of friends. As the summer wears on, Laura struggles to find her footing in the chic but formidable world of Manhattan publishing while Dolly battles her own demons of self-doubt. Vivian longs to sing at the Stork Club instead of just shilling cigarettes there, but finds herself floundering in more ways than one. Together, the girls embark on a journey of self-discovery that will take them from the penthouse salons of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City's Steel Pier -- and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever.
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2015
ISBN: 9780544313545
0544313542
Branch Call Number: FICTION Callahan 2015
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 21 cm

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EmilyEm
Feb 09, 2016

Debut novelist Callahan takes readers to New York City in the 1950s and into the lives of three very different young women living in the famed Barbizon Hotel for Women, 'at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street.' Callahan said he was encouraged by friends and the Vanity Fair editors he worked for to take an article he'd written about the hotel and some of the now famous women who lived there at the start of their careers to a full-length book. This is it. A little flawed in places, but a good page-turner when he starts the first chapter with one of the women--not named--on the hotel’s roof about to jump. Not all happy endings for those residents.

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