Searching for Grace Kelly (Paperback)
If you weren’t lucky enough to be a young, single woman in Manhattan in 1955, just open the pages of this enchanting story by Michael Callahan, contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His first novel is an accurate and charming portrayal of the expectations, mores, and conventions of the era through the experiences of three young women from different backgrounds, but now each residing at the prestigious Barbizon Hotel for Women on E. 63rd Street. Anxious for new experiences in an alluring world, Laura, Dolly, and Vivian become unlikely friends, while trying to find themselves. In the 50’s, that meant finding a suitable husband. The men they meet, glamorous, secretive, and even dangerous, change them in unexpected ways. These are women in search of Grace Kelly, who in myth and reality, played the game at the Barbizon brilliantly, and won the grand prize.— From Andrea Recommends
"It's a gem of a story."--Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone
For a small-town girl with big-city dreams, there is no address more glamorous than New York's Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate, Dolly, comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel's rules, rounds out the trio of friends. Together, the girls embark on a journey of discovery that will take them from the penthouse apartments of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City's Steel Pier -- and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever.