Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to request physical items has been temporarily disabled. Click here to find out how to create lists of items to request later. OverDrive items can still be requested, and other digital resources remain available through the eLibrary site. If you need a library card, register here.

The women in black : a novel

by St. John, Madeleine,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Unavailable 0 of 3 copies
26 people on waitlist
Unavailable (3)
Location Collection Status
Mt. Lebanon Public Library New Books CHECKED OUT
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  New Books
Northern Tier Regional Library New Book CHECKED OUT
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  New Book
Western Allegheny Community Library Fiction Realistic CHECKED OUT
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Fiction Realistic
On Order (2)
Location Collection Status
Moon Township Public Library New Books IN PROCESSING
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  New Books
Northland Public Library New Books IN PROCESSING
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  New Books
"The book I most often give as a gift to cheer people up." --Hilary Mantel

"A deceptively smart comic gem." - The New York Times Book Review

"Witty and delicious." - People

The women in black, so named for the black frocks they wear while working at Goode's department store, are busy selling ladies' dresses during the holiday rush. But they somehow find time to pursue other goals...

Patty, in her mid-thirties, has been working at Goode's for years. Her husband, Frank, eats a steak for dinner every night, watches a few minutes of TV, and then turns in. Patty yearns for a baby, but Frank is always too tired for that kind of thing.

Sweet, unlucky Fay wants to settle down with a nice man, but somehow nice men don't see her as marriage material.

Glamorous Magda runs the high-end gowns department. A Slovenian émigré, Magda is cultured and continental and hopes to open her own boutique one day.

Lisa, a clever and shy teenager, takes a job at Goode's during her school break. Lisa wants to go to university and dreams of becoming a poet, but her father objects to both notions.

By the time the last marked-down dress is sold, all of their lives will be forever changed.

A pitch-perfect comedy of manners set during a pivotal era, and perfect for fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , The Women in Black conjures the energy of a city on the cusp of change and is a testament to the timeless importance of female friendship.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This quirky peek into the lives of four Australian women as they sell women's clothing at Goode's Department store is predictable, but sweet. Patty, the unhappily married middle-aged veteran of Goode's, experiences a twist in her personal life that makes focusing at work more difficult, while Fay dreams of Mr. Right as she wastes time with Misters Wrong. Worldly and glamorous Magda enjoys the finer things in life with her husband and traveler friends as she peddles the high-end gowns. Then Lisa arrives, who is young and bright like a penny waiting to be lucky as she takes all opportunities that come her way. Funny and light, this story moves quickly as each character navigates the 1950s-era challenges of being a working woman in a male-dominated society with limited options for the happily ever after they all strive for. The dialogue is snappy and full of vintage Australian terms, such as the practice of sizing clothes using an alpha system. Perfect for lovers of chick lit with a dash of romance and historical fiction for good measure.--Monica Garza Bustillo Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Australia -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Department stores -- Employees -- Fiction.
Women's clothing industry -- Employees -- Fiction.
Nineteen fifties -- Fiction.
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Novels of manners.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First Scribner trade paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Originally published in Great Britain in 1993 by André Deutsch.
Includes reading group guide with topics and questions for discussion.
Description 209 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781982134082
Other Classic View