I am a big fan of historical fiction, and recently I have discovered a new author who has a unique hook for her novels: she writes fiction that focuses on New York City landmarks.
Fiona Davis has written three novels: The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Masterpiece. The Dollhouse takes place in the famed Barbizon Hotel during the 1950’s, when it was the place for single woman to live while they worked in New York City. The Address is set at the Dakota, most famous as the apartment building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived, and where John Lennon was shot just outside the front doors in 1980. The Address takes place in the first years of the Dakota opening as a luxurious apartment building in an area that was, in 1884, far away from the bustle of New York City. The Masterpiece is all about the Grand Central Terminal, a wonder when it was built, and famously saved from destruction in the 1970’s and restored to its original, stunning “masterpiece”. Did you know there was an acclaimed art school in the Terminal during the 1920’s-1930’s?
All three novels have dual storylines set in contemporary and historical periods, and strong female protagonists. I found myself checking the internet for old photos of these famous landmarks, fascinated by the history of New York City that they each represent. Fiona Davis writes novels that grab your attention and don’t let go until the last page.
Anyone who loves history, is a fan of New York City, or just likes to read novels with strong female characters will appreciate this trio. I can’t wait for her next novel to come out, but I’ll have to be patient. The Masterpiece was just published earlier this month. The Metro Library Network has all three novels available in a variety of formats: hardcover, audio, and ebook. Add Fiona Davis to your Fall reading list!
Sue Gerth, Circulation Services Coordinator