In 1955 New York City is full of postwar euphoria and glamour, and the Barbizon Hotel - the place where Grace Kelly lived when she first came to the big city - is where young women from good families stay while they launch their careers and wait for Mr Right to come calling with a dozen roses and a date night at El Morocco.
Laura, a patrician beauty from Connecticut, arrives with a magazine internship and dreams of becoming a writer; Dolly, a sweet, small-town girl is working the secretarial pool and looking to be swept off her feet; and Vivian, a redheaded British bombshell with a palpable disdain for rules, yearns to make it as a singer while working nights as a cigarette girl.
As the young women become friends, their lives get swept into the exhilarating, heart-breaking maelstrom of New York City.
"A wonderful champagne bubble of a book - glamorous, aspirational, and relatable! The fifties never seemed so fun! Wicked, naughty and clever." (Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times best-selling author of Witches of East End)
"This tale of big dreams, drop-dead glamour and fragile hearts will have you turning pages late into the night.... Suspenseful, sharp and romantic, I loved every minute of it." (Piper Kerman, best-selling author of Orange Is the New Black)
"I was completely charmed by this book!" (John Searles, best-selling author of Help for the Haunted)
"Deliciously stylish. Callahan suavely combines literary finesse and pulp fiction to create a fast-moving, heartwrenching tale of romance and tragedy in a time of tyrannically sexist social conventions." (Booklist)
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