* Fiona Davis Reads and Signs "The Chelsea Girls"

On December 12 at 6pm, Fiona Davis will read from and sign her new novel The Chelsea Girls at the bookstore.  (Photo credit: Deborah Feingold) 

The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives—from the national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address.

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red Scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

"Davis tells a very good story and deserves all the praise she won for her other books set in famous New York landmarks…. What finally emerges from the mix of detailed research and solid writing is a tale that is intricate and subtle, unpredictable and exciting."—The Washington Post

“[A]nother spectacular novel… Davis needs to be celebrated for this. Sure, she gets the history right and does a magnificent job of bringing The Chelsea’s special magic to life. Beyond that, she is an exquisite writer, who captures the essence of people and times.”—Newark Star Ledger

“The glamour of 1950s New York comes alive in this rich novel showcasing the history of the Chelsea Hotel, the theater district and the 20-year friendship of playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead.”—Woman's World

"Davis's writing is rich in detail, enhanced by her quality research."—Historical Novel Review

“This novel in three acts brings to vivid life the McCarthy era and its impact on the entertainment industry in a heartbreaking tale of the friendship of two brave women.”—Library Journal

“The theme of McCarthyism threads through this intricately woven novel, which highlights the politics of 1950s Broadway…. It’s a fascinating and at times heartbreaking look at an era in which lives were upended and careers derailed.”—Christian Science Monitor


Fiona Davis began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.

After receiving a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. Fiona's books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She's a graduate of the College of William & Mary and is based in New York City.




Event date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
37 Spencer Place
Scarsdale, NY 10583
The Chelsea Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744588
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Published: Dutton - July 30th, 2019

The Address: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Dutton - July 10th, 2018

The Dollhouse: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101985014
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Published: Dutton - July 11th, 2017

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