Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review Friday: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel

By Genevieve Valentine

The Hamilton sisters are hidden away by their domineering father and rarely see the light of day.  Then they begin sneaking out to dance the night away in the speakeasies of Manhattan and wearing out their catalog ordered dancing shoes, until their suspicious father decides to marry them off to control their wild ways.  The story is told from the perspective of oldest sister, Jo “the General,” who guides and safeguards her sisters until a confrontation with their father leaves the girls separated and alone on the streets of Manhattan.

This is a delightful reimagining of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” fairytale set in the glitz and glamour of the jazz age of the 1920s. 

If you like retold fairy-tales, you may enjoy:

Briar Rose
By Jane Yolen

Spindle’s End
By Robin McKinley

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
By Gregory Maguire

Princess of the Midnight Ball
By Jessica Day George

By Alex Finn

By Marissa Meyer

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