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The Chelsea Girls From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty year friendship that will irrevocably change two women s lives.From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs As the pressure builds to name names, it isthan Hazel and Maxine s Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel. Free Read [ The Chelsea Girls ] by [ Fiona Davis ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. A haven for artists, musicians, writers, and actors, the iconic Chelsea Hotel provides the backdrop for this fictional account of friendship and McCarthyism The main characters meet in Naples as USO entertainers during 1945 Their friendship continues into the 1960 s One becomes a famous movie star while the other becomes a playwright and, at times, both live at the Chelsea During the Cold War, people in the entertainment suffered blacklisting, unfair allegations and investigations leading to A haven for artists, musicians, writers, and actors, the iconic Chelsea Hotel provides the backdrop for this fictional account of friendship and McCarthyism The main characters meet in Naples as USO entertainers during 1945 Their friendship continues into the 1960 s One becomes a famous movie star while the other becomes a pl...

  2. Hazel Ripley left her unfulfilling career as a constant understudy to join the USO Tour during World War II Her new job takes her to the Old World where she meets Maxine Mead, a vivacious and outspoken actress The two women bond over their love of theater and mutual formative experiences in Italy Their friendship endures beyond their stint abroad the two cross paths again at the iconic Chelsea Hotel a haven for artists and creators in the 1950s Hazel catches a break as a playwright, and Hazel Ripley left her unfulfilling career as a constant understudy to join the USO Tour during World War II Her new job takes her to the Old World where she meets Maxine Mead, a vivacious and outspoken actress The two women bond over their love of theater and mutual formative experiences in Italy Their friendship endures beyond their stint abroad the two cross paths again at the iconic Chelsea Hotel a haven for artists and creators in the 1950s Hazel catches a break as a playwright, and Maxine returns as a Hollywood starlet But as the era of McCarthyism and blacklisting of the entertainment industry develops, Hazel and Maxine find themselves caught in the cross fire As the pressure builds, Hazel and Maxine face life changing decisions about loyalty, morality, and freedom, all of which unfold before the Victorian facade of the Chelsea Hotel Will the hunt for communists break these women apart Fiona Davis, the bestselling...

  3. Fiona Davis has captured the hearts of readers with the way she brings life to New York City landmarks through compelling historical fiction Setting her sights on the Chelsea Hotel, she delves into the world of theater in th...

  4. This is a little bit of a departure for Fiona Davis No dual timeline, and the landmark the Chelsea Hotel plays a slightly less crucial role than the landmarks in her previous works But the examination of McCarthyism and its impact on the theater world is dark and devastating.

  5. A dazzling story of loyalty, friendship, and betrayal in 1950s Bohemian New York amid the danger of the Red Scare It will leave readers wishing they could spend a night at the Chelsea Hotel for a taste of Broadway glamor and a well shaken cocktail.

  6. EDITED2.5 stars The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine from 1940s Europe, near the end of WWII to the late 1960s New York The titular Chelsea is a hotel known for its many resident artists of various stripesboth political and professional The bulk of the story takes place during the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism in the US, which led to the blacklisting of many in the entertainment industry for supposed communist connections Maxine, an actress on the rise, and Hazel, an understudy EDITED2.5 stars The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine from 1940s Europe, near the end of WWII to the late 1960s New York The titular Chelsea is a hotel known for its many resident artists of various stripesboth political and professional The bulk of the story takes place during the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism in the US, which led to the blacklisting of many in the entertainment industry for supposed communist connections Maxine, an actress on the rise, and Hazel, an understudy turned playwright and director, both residents of the Chelsea, find their lives turned upside down by the fear mongering of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee Will their friendship withstand the intense pressure brought to bear on it The early Cold War period and activities of the US government, as the HUAC searched for a commie under every stone is not the usual fare for an historical fiction novel As a student of history, the topi...

  7. Whether it s the Barbizon, the Dakota, Grand Central Terminal or The Chelsea Hotel, Fiona Davis has the great talent of weaving her wonderful stories around some of New York City s most interesting and iconic landmarks I ve long been intrigued by the Chelsea Hotel and its history with its wide range of artist inhabitants check out Leonard Cohen singing about fellow resident Janis Joplin in Chelsea Hotel No 2 In The Chelsea Girls, we are taken back to the 1940s to 1960s and the lives of Haze Whether it s the Barbizon, the Dakota, Grand Central Terminal or The Chelsea Hotel, Fiona Davis has the great talent of weaving her wonderful stories around some of New York City s most interesting and iconic landmarks I ve long been intrigued by the Chelsea Hotel and its history with its wide range of artist inhabitants check out Leonard Cohen singing about fellow resident Janis Joplin in Chelsea Hotel No 2 In The Chelsea Girls, we are taken back to the 1940s to 1960s and the lives of Hazel Riley and Maxine Mead who met near the end of WWII performing for the USO After the war, Hazel heads to the famed hotel and soon reunites with Maxine, now a starlet in Hollywood Hazel has written a play inspired by events during the war and Maxine heads back to NYC with the hope of starring in her friend s new play With the Red s...

  8. The Chelsea Girls takes a look at New York landmark the Chelsea Hotel and the devastation to the entertainment industry wrought by the McCarthy era of the 1950s, through the lens of a first time playwright and her best friend leading actress The book spans from their meeting in the 40s through to the 60s, told in 3 acts and alternating between Hazel and Maxine s perspectives.I thought the witch hunting behaviour of the McCarthy era was well handled, especially what the allegations did to people The Chelsea Girls takes a look at New York landmark the Chelsea Hotel and the devastation to the entertainment industry wrought by the McCarthy era of the 1950s, through the lens of a first time playwright and her best friend leading actress The book spans from their meeting in the 40s through to the 60s, told in 3 acts and alternating between Hazel and Maxine s perspectives.I thought the witch hunting behaviour of the McCarthy era was well handled, especially what the allegations did to people caught...

  9. Review to come at AAR.

  10. Exceptional No, better than exceptional.I m an OG fan of Fiona Davis, going all the way back to The Dollhouse, and have read and loved each of her novels This meant I had very high standards for Chelsea Girls, and I m pleased to say that Davis managed to exceed the high bar she set for herself with her previous work While I ve always admired Davis sense of time and place, ability to create atmosphere, and deft hand at writing nuanced characters, she took all of those things to new heights in Exceptional No, better than exceptional.I m an OG fan of Fiona Davis, going all the way back to The Dollhouse, and have read and loved each of her novels This meant I had very high standards for Chelsea Girls, and I m pleased to say that Davis managed to exceed the high bar she set for herself with her previous work While I ve always admired Davis sense of time and place, ability to create atmosphere, and deft hand at writing nuanced characters, she took all of those things to new heights in this book In Chelsea Girls, Davis took on what you might call aserious and certainlypolitical issue than she has in her previous novels McCarthyism and the Red Scare Set again...

  11. The theater and film stars of New York and a bit of Hollywood are the focus of the latest historical New York City novel by Fiona Davis In 1947 the threat of communism was sweeping the country and the largest focus was on the artistic areas No writer, playwright, screenwriter, painter or actor was safe from the famed Black List For the artists who live at the Chelsea Hotel in New York ending up on that list would mean life or death to the only world they knew Hazel and Maxzine got their star The theater and film stars of New York and a bit of Hollywood are the focus of the latest historical New York City novel by Fiona Davis In 1947 the threat of communism was sweeping the country and the largest focus was on the artistic areas No writer, playwright, screenwriter, painter or actor was safe from the famed Black List For the artists who live at the Chelsea Hotel in New York ending up on that list would mean life or death to the only world they knew Hazel and Maxzine got their start do...

  12. Wow what a story The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine, two young women who meet on the USO tour during WWII, performing plays for the soldiers in Naples The girls bond over shared experiences that can only come from being in war and seeing what comes with it When the war is over and they return to their normal lives, the girls must find their place Hazel in New York City and Maxine in Hollywood After learning about The Chelsea hotel from Maxine, a place full of artists from all genres Wow what a story The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine, two young women who meet on the USO tour during WWII, performing plays for the soldiers in Naples The girls bond over shared experiences that can only come from being in war and seeing what comes with it When the war is over and they return to their normal lives, the girls must find their place Hazel in New York City and Maxine in Hollywood After learning about The Chelsea hotel from Maxine, a place full of artists from all genres, Hazel gets a room and is instantly inspired and begins writing a play about her experiences in the war, the people she met and the stories she learned The hotel catapults her career as a play write, but the fear of communist influence creeps into the theater community and threatens to ruin everything they ve worked for This book gripped me from the beginning but truly became un put down able about halfway through when a major twist is revealed This book has a little bit of everyt...

  13. Fiona Davis again makes a New York architectural landmark a character in her books This time the landmark is the Chelsea Hotel, a home for artistic types, and a refuge for Hazel after she returns from a World War II USO tour and has a falling out with her family Hazel and Maxine are negotiating making it in theater but it is the era of McCarthy hunting communists and no one in the entertainment community is safe The choices, many made long before the war, come back to ruin lives and careers Fiona Davis again makes a New York architectural landmark a character in her books This time the landmark is the Chelsea Hotel, a home for artistic types, and a refuge for Hazel after she returns from a World War II USO tour and has a falling out with her family Hazel and Maxine are negotiating making it in theater but it is the era of McCarthy hunting communists and no one in the entertainment community is safe The choices, many made long be...

  14. This novel is delightful for those who love NYC and especially the iconic Chelsea Hotel I once lived only a block away and the terrible period in American history that wasMcCarthyism The lead characters are a bit flat, but still i enjoyed how realistically the place and time were presented.

  15. My absolutely favorite Fiona Davis book This book has it all romance, history, mystery, and friendship A must read Thanks to Fiona Davis and Penguin Random House for the advanced read My favorite of the books I have read this year Love it