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The Resource The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel, Genevieve Valentine

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel, Genevieve Valentine

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel
Title
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
Title remainder
a novel
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Genevieve Valentine
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Language
eng
Summary
This reimagining of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister's past
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  • The Hamilton sisters live a double life—caged in their house by day, they break free at night to hit the dance floors of New York. Following her debut novel, Mechanique (2011), Valentine offers this fanciful reimagining, set in the Roaring Twenties, of the fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses. The princes have been replaced by bartenders and bootleggers, and the girls wear out catalog-ordered shoes. Their dominating father has kept them shut up at home, virtual prisoners, for their entire lives. When he gets wind of what they’ve been doing, he works to find them more permanent positions as wives—whether or not they like it. The narrative is simple, as befits a modern fairy tale, and the characters are drawn in broad strokes, each dominated by one identifiable personality trait. When the novel shines, it does so by juxtaposing the tension of the imprisoned daughters’ plight against the gimlets and glitter of the underground dance halls they frequent. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is like a jittery Charleston—loose, fast, and fun. -- Thoreson, Bridget (Reviewed 04-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 16, p26)
  • Set in Jazz Age Manhattan, Valentine pays homage in her second novel (after Mechanique ) to “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” a Brothers Grimm story. The book’s imagery has a cinematic sweep, but the narrative itself is less dazzling. Jo Hamilton, called the General by her 11 younger sisters, does her best to shield them from their wealthy, distant father. Disappointed that his wife did not give him any sons, he houses the girls on the top floors of their mansion, away from their mother, to be raised by nannies and each other. Jo begins to sneak her sisters out to speakeasies around town where “the Princesses,” as they are eventually dubbed, anonymously dance the night away. Jo is hardened by the responsibility of keeping the girls safe during their outings and protecting them from their father, who would marry them off to cold and uncaring men like himself, and she stops dancing after meeting a man she thinks she could love. The narrative unfolds from her perspective, and though Jo’s matter-of-fact attitude doesn’t get in the way of Valentine’s lush period detail, it unfortunately keeps the reader at an emotional distance for too much of the novel. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed March 3, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 09, p)
  • A Nebula nominee for her full-length fiction and a World Fantasy and a Shirley Jackson Award nominee for her short fiction, Valentine crafts a story about Jo Hamilton, who nightly leads her 11 sisters from their father's stuffy townhouse so that they can dance at Manhattan's speakeasies. Yes, a Jazz Age retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, which is why I made it a pick. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed January 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 1, p71)
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Valentine, Genevieve
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Sisters
  • Dancing
  • Nineteen twenties
  • Young women
Target audience
adult
Label
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel, Genevieve Valentine
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volume
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text
Control code
000051716445
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Extent
277 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781476739083
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Label
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel, Genevieve Valentine
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051716445
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Extent
277 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781476739083
Isbn Type
(hardback)

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