Jo, the firstborn, The General to her 11 sisters, is the only thing the Hamilton 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 townhouse and into cabs that will take them to the speakeasy. Together they elude their controlling father. Meanwhile, they continue to dance, until one night when they are caught in a raid, separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn't seen in almost 10 years. Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and 11 sisters, but those she must make of herself.
"Has a cinematic sweep... [and] lush period detail." - (Publishers Weekly)
"Valentine raises the novel above the ordinary...Impressive." - (The New York Times)
"This unexpected fairytale, deftly shifted into the age of prohibition, becomes a gorgeous and bewitching novel." - Scott Westerfeld, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uglies and Afterworlds
“Delightful and suspenseful by turns, this story of tyranny, pluck, fierce love and even fiercer responsibility is set in a New York of spangles and speakeasies, fox-trots and Charlestons. Valentine retains the shimmer and shadows of the fairytale that underlies her novel, even as she transforms it.” - Christina Schwarz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth
"The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is as fast-tempoed and intoxicating as a night at a Jazz Age speakeasy, and as enchanting as a good old-fashioned fairy tale. Genevieve Valentine gives us a dozen dazzling sisters it's impossible not to root for." - Lois Leveen, author of Juliet's Nurse and The Secrets of Mary Bowser
“Genevieve Valentine has turned out an extraordinary and marvelous new thing from very old clothes. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is a sumptuous rendering of one of my favorite fairy tales.” - Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters and Magic for Beginners
"I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and stayed up late to reach the end. Genevieve Valentine resurrects 1920s New York to bring an inventive tale of shifting social mores, family bonds, and heart-wrenching choices.” - Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air
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good but with one flaw
I haven't read the print version, but the audio probably isn't better than the print. This is because one person with Chinese heritage is given the worst accent in the world. Just because someone is mentioned to be Chinese (and if I remember correctly, he didn't immigrate to America, but was born here) doesn't mean they sound like that. In fact, they should just sound like anyone else born in the US. Obviously. As an Asian-American, I was pretty offended when I realized that that weirdo "accent" was supposed to be a "Chinese accent" that didn't need to be there in the first place. What was going on in the director's and narrator's minds when they did this? Please. Seems like some people need a lesson in diversity.
- Amazon Customer
Poor narration choice
I would have enjoyed reading this book more than listening. I don't think the narrator was a good fit and her Chinese accent was horrible, offensive, and off-putting.
- Bridget Evans "midnight pixie"