A wonderful novel by the author of A Gentleman in Moscow, set in Jazz Age New York.
In a jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn’t afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew: the location of every old church in Manhattan, how to sneak into the cinema, how to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a year, and that if you can still lose yourself in a Dickens novel then everything is going to be fine.
By the end of the year she’d learned: how to live like a redhead and insist upon the very best; that riches can turn to rags in the trip of a heartbeat, chance encounters can be fated, and the word ‘yes’ can be a poison. That’s how quickly New York City comes about, like a weathervane, or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.
Amaryllis (our bookshop blogger) says: “I loved A Gentleman in Moscow and so am very much looking forward to this, his first novel which is set in Jazz Age New York from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Eve. We are also reading it for book group.”
Paperback; 352 pages; 250g