The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Jo, 'The General' to her eleven sisters, is the only thing the girls have in place of a mother. She is the one who taught them how to dance, the one who gives the signal each night, as they slip out of their father's house and into cabs that will take them to the speakeasy, as they elude their controlling father. When they are caught in a raid and Jo is face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn't seen in almost ten years. Will Jo think of herself now?
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781476739083
1476739080
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm

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Miller0111
Sep 15, 2016

Valentine’s novel has glamour in spades, evocative of the Jazz Age’s fashions and dance crazes and the dark side of prohibition. As a retelling of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” it works surprisingly well as a historical novel absent of magic cloaks and gemstone-encrusted boughs.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 18, 2016

Gorgeously written, flawlessly characterized, and powerfully suspenseful, THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB is a feminist retelling of the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses set in Jazz Age New York City. Locked away in a townhouse by a father who expects his daughters to go patiently to their arranged marriages like lambs to slaughter, the Hamilton sisters sneak out each night to experience the thrill of freedom by dancing in speakeasies across the city. When Father Hamilton decides the time for those marriages has come, it's up to eldest sister Jo to help save them all, in any way she can.

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JAGILES
Feb 28, 2015

After a promising start, I had to admit defeat and decided life is too short to waste any more time on it. This is showing my age because I feel empowered to prioritise my remaining years! Got repetitive and boring....

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jazpur
Dec 13, 2014

Not much fun being the eldest of all those sisters with a father like that.Just as well they found the dancing An interesting take on the old fairy story.

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finn75
Nov 17, 2014

Thought the book could have been a lot longer with more story about each girl. Still an intersting take on an old fairy tale.

AliReads Sep 18, 2014

Really, really good. I loved every single one of the girls (though I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to read more about some of them!) Jo's whole plotline and character development was excellent. Loved it all.

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