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The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel Hardcover – 4 November 2020
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A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and aNew York Times bestseller!
"A page-turner for booklovers everywhere! . . . A story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes fromdiscovering truth."-Adriana Trigiani,bestselling author ofThe Shoemaker's Wife
In New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.
It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life-her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club-a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.
Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-averse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage-truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.
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- Publisher : Dutton; 1st edition (4 November 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524744611
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524744618
- Dimensions : 15.72 x 3.15 x 23.55 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 296,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His wife Laura is smart, she wants more for herself, she applies to study at the Columbia Journalism School and wants to work as a newspaper reporter. She discovers how hard it is to study and spend time with her husband, keep up with the house work and look after her children. She experiences terrible discrimination while studying because she’s a woman, by chance she meets Dr Amelia Potter and she introduces her to the woman’s suffrage movement. Women are fighting for equal rights, to earn their own money and to be able to legally use birth control. Constantly having children stops many women from being able to work, they are stuck living in a cycle of poverty and have to rely on their husband’s wage to feed large families. Laura is torn between two worlds; she loves her husband and children but is it wrong for her to want more out of life? When valuable books start going missing from the library, her husband is the obvious suspect, things start spiraling out of control and the once happy family is torn apart.
In 1993, Sadie Donovan works at the New York Public Library as a curator when a college leaves Sadie is promoted and she’s beyond excited. But her job is under threat when history repeats it's self, precious items start disappearing from the library and she’s considered a prime suspect. Sadie has no choice but to admit her grandfather is Jack Lyons and her grandmother is the famous essayist Laura Lyons and her family’s torrid history with the library. Sadie sets about clearing her name, but it’s not easy as she knows very little about her grandparents and her mother Pearl has just passed away.
I absolutely loved The Lions of Fifth Avenue; it’s a brilliant story that spans eighty years of hidden family history and secrets. In the perfect setting of a beautiful old distinguished building that’s a library full of history, memories, unsolved mysteries, classic books and collections. If only a building could talk, the combination of two strong female main characters plus all the intrigue and drama of precious and priceless treasures and books going missing! The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a book I couldn't stop reading and five big stars from me.
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I’m looking for reasons not to read which is a very bad sign. I will finish it but I’m not relishing the prospect !! Not recommended.
This is a beautiful story of two women, Laura and Sadie, decades apart whose lives and those of the ones they love are centred on the goings on at the New York Public Library. Both women, particularly Laura, chafe against the societal restrictions placed upon them as women in the home and workplace. Both stories are interesting, especially Laura’s, and the descriptions of the library are gorgeous. The two time periods work very effectively and show the consequences that decisions can have decades later. It is also fascinating to see how the role of women has slowly evolved since the early 1900s to the 1990s.
If you love books, libraries, and well-depicted female characters, this book is for you. Beautifully done.