'Round Midnight

'Round Midnight

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From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub. Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room. June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas. Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun. And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind. Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, 'Round Midnight is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.
Publisher: New York, NY : Touchstone, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501157783
1501157787
9781501157790
1501157795
Branch Call Number: MCBRIDE
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm

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WoodneathAngie
Sep 04, 2018

Four women's lives are connected (loosely) around a second-tier Las Vegas casino in McBride's latest novel. The novel powerfully explores various aspects of the female experience--as an immigrant, mother, daughter, lover, entrepreneur, though the novel strains a little too far to connect these disparate stories. I particularly enjoyed the novel's depiction of the evolution of Las Vegas.

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