The Chelsea Girls

The Chelsea Girls

From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author ofThe DollhouseandThe Address,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 the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives. From the dramatic redbrick facade to t From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author ofThe DollhouseandThe Address,the bright lights of th...

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Title:The Chelsea Girls
Author:Fiona Davis
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B07K5ZSD7S
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Chelsea Girls Reviews

  • Sue
    Jul 25, 2019
    I read lots of historical fiction books but this is a time period that I haven't read much about in the past -- the early 50s when the government and McCarthy were trying to find and punish alleged communists in the entertainment business. I have read about what went on during this tim...
  • Tammy
    Jul 26, 2019
    Yet another fabulously intriguing story by Fiona Davis!! ...
  • Stephanie
    Aug 02, 2019
    Fiona Davis has never failed me. She is is everything I love about historical fiction. Rich characters, interesting setting, deep plot, perfect twists, and even a bit of romance. Perfection. ...
  • Robert Sheard
    Jun 26, 2019
    This is a little bit of a departure for Fiona Davis. No dual timeline, and the landmark?the Chelsea Hotel?plays a slightly less crucial role than the landmarks in her previous works. But the examination of McCarthyism and its impact on the theater world is dark and devastating. ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jul 01, 2019
    What a fun, interesting place The Chelsea Hotel must have been. Hazel was in a family of performers, but Hazel wasn?t a performer. Hazel was a playwrite. We meet Hazel when she was on tour with the USO during the war. Hazel met many actors and became friends with them. We fo...
  • JenRaye
    May 16, 2019
    EDITED 2.5 stars The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine from 1940s Europe, near the end of WWII to the late 1960s New York. The titular Chelsea is a hotel known for its many resident artists of various stripes...both political and professional. The bulk of the story takes place du...
  • Jamie
    Jun 29, 2019
    Fiona Davis is absolutely one of my favorite voices in historical fiction and her latest, The Chelsea Girls, proves why. This time around, Davis takes on post WWII communism and does so within the world of theater and performing arts in NYC. Deviating from the dual timelines of her pas...
  • Edee
    Aug 26, 2019
    I've discovered that Fiona Davis writes the kind of book that I just want to curl up in and stay for awhile. The Chelsea Girls absolutely gave me all those feelings. Hazel Riley and Maxine Mead meet when they are both serving as actresses in a USO tour in Naples, Italy. The events t...
  • Tasha
    Sep 01, 2019
    3.5? rounded up to 4 because I felt the second half was stronger and grabbed my interest more than the beginning. My first by the author and I'll try her again. I love the setting but would have loved more detail on the interior of the Chelsea! ...
  • Camille Maio
    Feb 16, 2019
    Fiona Davis has captured the hearts of readers with the way she brings life to New York City landmarks through compelling historical fiction. Setting her sights on the Chelsea Hotel, she delves into the world of theater in the McCarthy era. As two women wrestle with wartime memories, f...
  • Amanda
    Aug 17, 2019
    Over the years it?s gotten harder for me to give a five star rating. They?re precious. And I suppose precious few books truly deserve that rating. The Chelsea girls is one such book that begs to be touted. The dual sided story gives depth and tone and color to a time during America...
  • Betsy
    Aug 05, 2019
    Another good book by Fiona Davis! She is one of my favorite authors, always weaving historical New York buildings and historical events into her novels. This book is about two girls that meet in Europe while serving with the USO. They later each have an apartment in the Chelsea Hotel, ...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jul 22, 2019
    This story set in the McCarthy era is chilling. It is a reminder what happens to people who are persecuted for their speech or opinion. This centers around the entertainment world and two friends, Hazel and Maxine, and how the McCarthy investigation impacts their lives. The two me...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Aug 20, 2019
    3.5 STARS - New York City's Chelsea Hotel was a haven for its bohemian inhabitants who were a melange of artists, musicians and performers in the mid-1900's. It's around this iconic hotel that Fiona Davis sets her latest Historical Fiction novel. The story focuses on the friendship of ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 09, 2019
    I had high hopes for this book as I greatly enjoyed the other novels by Fiona Davis, but this book fell flat for me. The time period was interesting, especially because there isn't much historical fiction set during the McCarthy Era. Unfortunately the book was overly dramatic and tragi...
  • KC
    Aug 07, 2019
    On a recent Italian USO tour, actress Maxine Mead and playwright Hazel Riley become fast friends in spring of 1945. After WWII, Max successfully transitions into a Hollywood starlet while Hazel relocates to NYC ending up residing in the illustrious famed Chelsea Hotel. With great delig...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Aug 12, 2019
    Read cover to cover on s perfect summer day at the beach! So many reasons to love this...The McCarthy Era, NYC theater, and the Chelsea Hotel?Fiona Davis has treated us to another wonderful novel, The Chelsea Girls! I love the historical setting of the Chelsea Hotel in NYC in the ...
  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    May 28, 2019
    Hazel Ripley left her unfulfilling career as a constant understudy to join the USO Tour during World War II. Her new job takes her to the Old World where she meets Maxine Mead, a vivacious and outspoken actress. The two women bond over their love of theater and mutual formative experie...
  • Linda Zagon
    Jul 06, 2019
    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Chelsea Girls" by Fiona Davis, Dutton, July 2019 Kudos to Fiona Davis, Authorof "The Chelsea Girls" for writing such intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling, historical and entertaining novel. The Genres for this Novel are Histor...
  • Donna
    Aug 30, 2019
    This is Historical Fiction set in the early 1950's. I liked the setting of this. It is frustrating though to think these events or similar, actually took place. So I liked the history in this, but overall, this was a solid 3 stars for me. It seemed kind of light in some areas consideri...
  • Faith
    Aug 10, 2019
    I couldn?t get through either ?The Address? or ?The Masterpiece? by this author, but I enjoyed this book. Fortunately, it did not have dual time periods and I liked the theater setting and the description of the impact of the blacklisting in the 1950s. ...
  • Toni
    Aug 06, 2019
    Between a 4 and 4.5 Fiona Davis always writes an entertaining, historical-fiction novel; with a powerful ending. Author?s notes are stellar. ...
  • MicheleReader
    Jun 25, 2019
    Whether it?s the Barbizon, the Dakota, Grand Central Terminal or The Chelsea Hotel, Fiona Davis has the great talent of weaving her wonderful stories around some of New York City?s most interesting and iconic landmarks. I?ve long been intrigued by the Chelsea Hotel and its histor...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Aug 15, 2019
    I finally read my first book by Fiona Davis, and I absolutely loved it. The Chelsea Hotel in the 1940s and 50s New York is the hotspot for all the creatives in the city. Artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers; they are all here. Maxine Mead, an actress, and Hazel Riley, a playwrig...
  • Julia Kelly
    Apr 17, 2019
    A dazzling story of loyalty, friendship, and betrayal in 1950s Bohemian New York amid the danger of the Red Scare. It will leave readers wishing they could spend a night at the Chelsea Hotel for a taste of Broadway glamor and a well-shaken cocktail. ...
  • Maureen DeLuca
    Aug 14, 2019
    I enjoy historical fictions, and I also enjoy them by this fine author. But for me, this book was just so-so. It was a struggle. ...
  • Mayke (acozyliving)☕️
    Jul 23, 2019
    Review to come ...
  • Tammy
    Mar 18, 2019
    A haven for artists, musicians, writers, and actors, the iconic Chelsea Hotel provides the backdrop for this fictional account of friendship and McCarthyism. The main characters meet in Naples as USO entertainers during 1945. Their friendship continues into the 1960?s. One becomes a ...
  • Catie
    Apr 28, 2019
    Life is too short to waste on mediocre books. So for your own sanity, skip this one. The Chelsea Girls is rife with poor character development, typos, and stilted sentence structure. It simply cannot compare with historical fiction greats by authors such as Philippa Gregory or Sharon K...
  • Savannah's Book List
    Jul 27, 2019
    |Thank you to @NetGalley @duttonbooks #partner| . The Chelsea Girls opens during WWII. The two main characters, Hazel and Maxine, meet on a USO tour in Italy and their friendship is born out of shared trials and circumstances. After the war they return to the states. Hazel returns to...