Tagged New York

Book Review: The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

In her signature style, Fiona Davis reaches into the past to find a part of New York history and uses it as the scaffolding for an impressively imagined work of fiction. The Masterpiece weaves together the stories of two women, Clara and Virginia, across decades and centered around one famous piece of architecture, Grand Central Terminal, and…

Book Review: Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

Sasha, a twentysomething recent college graduate in New York City, lands a job with Bliss, an elite matchmaking service, after an impassioned speech about love and love gone wrong. Her experience with relationships began as she watched her parents marriage implode at a young age, though she now realizes the chance for success is low…

Book Review: Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Sociable by Rebecca Harrington chronicles the struggles of one millennial woman trying to navigate the particularly self-absorbed and fickle avenues of relationships and vocations in New York. Elinor is a college graduate and hopeful journalist currently working has a nanny and living with her boyfriend of four years, Mike, in a dilapidated apartment with a…

Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Anna watched the sea. There was a feeling she had, standing at its edge: an electric mix of attraction and dread. What would be exposed if all the water should suddenly vanish? A landscape of lost objects: sunken ships, hidden treasure, gold and gems and the charm bracelet that had fallen from her wrist into…

Book Review: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

…back in those days, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment so subpar that we woke up with flattened cockroaches in our bedsheets, sometimes three or four stuck on our elbows, and once I found fourteen of them pressed to my calves, and there was no beauty in shaking them off, though we strove for grace,…

Book Review: The Address by Fiona Davis

For some reason, this has me all stirred up. I guess because all this— the building, the tenants, the history inside these walls— it means something to me. I know it affects you the same way. Alternating between 1885 and 1985 in New York City and the narratives of two women, The Address tells the story…

Book Review: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

“Still,” she continued,” one’s sex is sometimes a handicap, especially in our own institution, where those few of us who have not served as commanders of a large navy vessel are expected to prove our worth in riskier ways. It’s a fine line one has to walk to survive te executive gauntlet. A woman must…