Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 358
Date of Publication: 17 May, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
I greatly enjoyed The Jane Austen Society and was so pleased when the opportunity to read an advance copy of this novel came my way. I adored this book and am so glad to have read it.
Some of the same characters from TJAS make appearances in this story, most notably Evie.
Set in post WWII England, this story focuses on three women who are making their way, for various reasons, in a formerly male-dominated workforce.
I would suggest reading TJAS, if you haven’t yet, before starting this book to fully get some of the characters and their motivations. It’s not a necessity, but I found that I was able to appreciate this story all the more for having done so.
eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.
"Delightful." --People, Pick of the Week
*Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Katie Couric Media, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, BookBub, POPSUGAR, SheReads, Women.com and more!*
Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.
Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:
Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances--most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.
Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.
Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.
As they interact with various literary figures of the time--Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others--these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.
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