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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel di Natalie Jenner
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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel (edizione 2022)

di Natalie Jenner (Autore)

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Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls. Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans: Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances--most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction. Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own. Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future. As they interact with various literary figures of the time--Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others--these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.… (altro)
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Titolo:Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
Autori:Natalie Jenner (Autore)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2022), 368 pages
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Thank you to Natalie Jenner, St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley for the chance to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Bloomsbury Girls was published on May 17, 2022.

Bloomsbury Books is a bookstore in central London managed by Mr. Dutton, an older gentleman who believes the best way to run the business is through a long list of rules that are not to be argued with. In his employ, are two women, Grace Perkins and Vivien Lowry. Their recent hire, Evie Stone, has taken the position with one goal: to find a book that she undersold at auction while helping The Jane Austen Club back home.

The day-to-day functions of the business are suddenly put in jeopardy when Mr. Dutton collapses and is put on leave. When the employees are put in charge of the store, many changes take place. There is a bevy of well-known authors who make appearances and the store turns an actual profit for the first time in a long time. When Evie is fired for following the rules after an important customer complains that she wouldn't help him, it sets off a storm in the women of the shop and no one is prepared for what happens next.

I loved this book and found the characters endearing. I enjoyed the characters from Jenner's first novel, The Jane Austen Club. The characters were well-developed and interacted perfectly. Each went through their own traumas and learned how to rely on the others for help. I enjoy it so much when an author is capable of creating characters I could see myself being friends with. I cannot wait to see what Natalie Jenner comes out with next. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
A very delightful read. Book lovers who like strong female characters would be enchanted instantly! Plots and dialogues are all captivating. The only thing not for me is the self-reflective narrations of the characters. They are meaningful and perhaps necessary to understand the characters better. But a bit overdone to sound too much like life-coaching. ( )
  batur117 | Jun 19, 2022 |
A bookshop, Bloomsbury's Books in London, is the book's setting. It is mostly about the women who were employed there.

Vivien whose fiance was killed in WWII is a beautiful woman who has a lot of issues with the management and the house rules, all 5 1 of them.

Grace, married with two sons had to go to work after her husband was unable to. Suffers from PTSD and is not a very nice man.

Evie Stone, got the job at the bookstore so she could look for an obscure book, the first edition of The Mummy.

Each chapter starts with one of the 51 rules of the bookstore which are broken by the store's women. Because of the rules, the profits are not what they should be. The Earl, Lord Jeremy Baskin feels that with the women, things can change for the better. But how to get them past the stuffy men at the store? With original ideas, the women team up to try to make the store a success. Along with their female friends, such as Ellen Doubleday, widow of the American publisher, Sonia Blair, widow of George Orwell, and Peggy Guggenheim, American heiress, also playwright Samuel Beckett, and author Daphne du Maurier.

I was not expecting to like the story, but as I read on, I was proud of the women for standing up to what they believed in and not backing down to the men in an age where women were to be at home and not working with the public. By the end of the story, I was hoping that the women got what they achieved.

The book is character-driven, historical detail notwithstanding, and tells a believable story of strong women in a man's world and how they overcome that. ( )
  celticlady53 | Jun 11, 2022 |
Brilliant read!

A sparkling companion to The Jane Austen Society, riffing off Evie Stone, the young servant who’d secretly catalogued the family library at Chawton Great House. After those amazing days Evie had attended Girton College Cambridge and attained first-class honours. Being rejected as a research assistant Evie came to work with an influential bookseller, Bloomsbury Books & Maps. It’s post war England. Women and equality might have been good enough for the war years but in the 1950’s things aren’t so clear. Along with two other women, she will challenge the status quo male dominated workplace, with Evie leading the way in the search for another literary jewel.
I could waft lyrically about this story, but truly all you need to know is that this is a fabulous read. It was wonderful to encounter favorite characters from the Jane Austen Society, and really, a pleasure all round!

A St. Martins Press ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Jun 1, 2022 |
I loved The Jane Austen Society, so when I heard Natalie Jenner had another book-related novel, I said yes, please! Bloomsbury Girls takes Evie Stone from Jenner’s first novel, and places her, along with a strong cast of characters, in the book shop Bloomsbury Books. Jenner does an admirable job of transporting the reader back to post-WWII England as many strive to find new lives in the ever-changing aftermath of the war. Class distinctions and the place of women and minorities in a new world are explored amid the bookshelves of a grand, but struggling bookstore. And for the bibliophiles among us, there are plenty of interactions with publishing notables and favorite authors. (My favorite, Daphne DuMaurier, plays an integral role.) The struggles of a society are mirrored in the microcosm of the bookstore. Characterization is a strong point of this book. Main and supporting characters alike are fully developed. I listened to the audiobook version of the novel which was excellently read by Juliet Stevenson. If you are a fan of audiobooks, I suggest you download this one soon.

Bloomsbury Girls is an outstanding general market novel that I won’t hesitate to recommend. Filled with historical detail, societal issues that make one think, and characters to love, it is a recommended read.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(I received a link to the audiobook from AustenProse. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | May 31, 2022 |
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Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls. Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans: Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances--most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction. Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own. Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future. As they interact with various literary figures of the time--Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others--these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

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