The Dollhouse

The Dollhouse

A Novel

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"The Dollhouse. . . . That's what we boys like to call it. . . . The Barbizon Hotel for Women, packed to the rafters with pretty little dolls. Just like you." Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950's a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past. When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong--a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance. Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist--not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2016
New York, NY : Penguin Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781524703158
152470315X
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 53 min., 26 sec.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Gilbert, Tavia - Narrator

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ArapahoeChristineS Oct 13, 2016

Oh my, what an interesting story about a fun piece of history this could have been. However, I found the "present"
main character to be quite disturbing. Her obsession and what she does to satisfy her curiosity, gets shockingly glossed over instead of called out for what it really was... Read More »


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ArapahoeChristineS Oct 13, 2016

Oh my, what an interesting story about a fun piece of history this could have been. However, I found the "present"
main character to be quite disturbing. Her obsession and what she does to satisfy her curiosity, gets shockingly glossed over instead of called out for what it really was--crazy and criminal!
Someone needs to write a book about the Baribzon in its heyday, but I'd prefer sticking with a story about the interesting women that graced it's halls, and the quickly changing attitudes towards single women and work during this era and skip the unbelievable mystery, it's not necessary. This might be an enjoyable story for someone who doesn't mind a nice character getting away with something they probably shouldn't. I just couldn't get past it.
If you want a book about 1950's New York, I think The Swans of Fifth Ave. is a little more interesting than this one.

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