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The Manhattan Girls

The Manhattan Girls, August 2022
by Gill Paul

William Morrow Paperbacks
Featuring: Dorothy Parker; Winifred Lenihan; Peggy Leach
384 pages
ISBN: 0063161753
EAN: 9780063161757
Kindle: B09LYSZHG8
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"Jazz Age Women Supporting Each Other"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Manhattan Girls
Gill Paul

Reviewed by Debbie Devita
Posted August 16, 2022

Women's Fiction Historical

Set in 1920s New York, this novel follows four women who play bridge together,  gossip together and most importantly, support one another. Dottie Parker is the life of the party and no one suspects her laugh a minute facade is fake. Jane Grant is the first female reporter at the New York Times and she has dreams to open her own paper called The New Yorker. Winifred Lenihan is a famous Broadway actress who has issues with the men in her life taking advantage of her. Lastly, we have Peggy Leach, who is writing her own novel. All these women have big dreams, big hearts, and secrets that could stand in their way.

THE MANHATTAN GIRLS has the three things I look for when reading: first the anticipation of what's to come. The second thing is the incredibly descriptive moments Ms. Gill includes. You feel as if you were part of the era. Finally, the likeability of the characters including Dorothy Parker could have been problematic.

I\'ve read almost all of Gill Paul\'s novels and her research is on point every time. She is one of the Queens of historical fiction writing. I loved THE MANHATTAN GIRLS so much that I can\'t stop gushing about it. 

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It’s a 1920s version of Sex and the City, as Dorothy Parker—one of the wittiest women who ever wielded a pen—and her three friends navigate life, love, and careers in New York City. Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis, Beatriz Williams, and Renée Rosen.

NEW YORK CITY 1921: The war is over, fashions are daring, and bootleg liquor is abundant. Here four extraordinary women form a bridge group that grows into a firm friendship.

Dorothy Parker: renowned wit, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and more fragile than she seems. Jane Grant: first female reporter for the New York Times, and determined to launch a new magazine she calls The New Yorker. Winifred Lenihan: beautiful and talented Broadway actress, a casting-couch target. And Peggy Leach: magazine assistant by day, brilliant novelist by night. 

Their romances flourish and falter while their goals sometimes seem impossible to reach and their friendship deepens against the backdrop of turbulent New York City, where new speakeasies open and close, jazz music flows through the air, and bathtub gin fills their glasses. 

They gossip, they comfort each other, and they offer support through the setbacks.  But their biggest challenge is keeping their dear friend Dottie safe from herself.

In this brilliant new novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Jackie and Maria and The Secret Wife, readers will fall right into Jazz Age New York and into the inner lives of these groundbreaking, influential women.

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