The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

A Novel

Book - 2014
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From award-winning author Genevieve Valentine, a "gorgeous and bewitching" (Scott Westerfeld) reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan.

Jo, the firstborn, "The General" to her eleven 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 the confines of their father's townhouse to await the cabs that will take them to the speakeasy. Together they elude their distant and controlling father, until the day he decides to marry them all off.

The girls, meanwhile, continue to dance, from Salon Renaud to the Swan and, finally, the Kingfisher, the club they come to call home. They 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 ten years. Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and eleven sisters, but those she must make of herself.

With The Girls at the Kingfisher Club , award-winning writer Genevieve Valentine takes her superb storytelling gifts to new heights, joining the leagues of such Jazz Age depicters as Amor Towles and Paula McClain, and penning a dazzling tale about love, sisterhood, and freedom.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476739083
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 23 cm


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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 the confines of their father’s Manhattan town house and into the speakeasy. ... Read More »

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Sep 15, 2016

Valentine’s novel has glamour in spades, evocative of the Jazz Age’s fashions and dance crazes and the dark side of prohibition. As a retelling of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” it works surprisingly well as a historical novel absent of magic cloaks and gemstone-encrusted boughs.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 18, 2016

Gorgeously written, flawlessly characterized, and powerfully suspenseful, THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB is a feminist retelling of the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses set in Jazz Age New York City. Locked away in a townhouse by a father who expects his daughters to go patiently to their arranged marriages like lambs to slaughter, the Hamilton sisters sneak out each night to experience the thrill of freedom by dancing in speakeasies across the city. When Father Hamilton decides the time for those marriages has come, it's up to eldest sister Jo to help save them all, in any way she can.

Feb 28, 2015

After a promising start, I had to admit defeat and decided life is too short to waste any more time on it. This is showing my age because I feel empowered to prioritise my remaining years! Got repetitive and boring....

Dec 13, 2014

Not much fun being the eldest of all those sisters with a father like that.Just as well they found the dancing An interesting take on the old fairy story.

Nov 17, 2014

Thought the book could have been a lot longer with more story about each girl. Still an intersting take on an old fairy tale.

AliReads Sep 18, 2014

Really, really good. I loved every single one of the girls (though I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to read more about some of them!) Jo's whole plotline and character development was excellent. Loved it all.


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