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The lions of Fifth Avenue : a novel

by Davis, Fiona, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2020
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It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life-her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club-a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage-truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street has captivated tourists, scholars, and employees alike for more than a century. For Laura Lyons, the library superintendent's wife, moving into the library's private residence in 1913 was an opportunity for her family to experience one of the most priceless pieces of Manhattan real estate. Eighty years later, Laura's granddaughter Sadie lands a big promotion as curator of the library's highly esteemed Berg Collection of rare books. Tasked with finding pieces to showcase the library's early years for a new exhibit, Sadie jumps at the opportunity to dive into her grandmother's history. But when Sadie's research materials begin to go missing, her career and the reputation of the Berg Collection are in danger. Davis' (The Chelsea Girls, 2019) latest NYC-set historical novel is grounded in researched detail, transporting readers between the 1910s and the 1990s. Bibliophiles and fans of Naomi Wood and Paula McLain will especially enjoy this glimpse inside the history of the institution and the tireless dedication of those who serve it."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Davis (The Address) delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery. It's 1913, and Jack and Laura Lyons have spent the past two years living in an apartment on a mezzanine tucked inside the library, since it opened. Jack is the library's superintendent, while Laura raises their two children and studies journalism at Columbia. Tension builds when valuable first edition books start disappearing and Jack is the suspected thief. Davis then shifts to 1993, when Laura's granddaughter Sadie is the library's rare books curator, and a new wave of thefts begin. As the story transitions between Sadie and Laura, their differences stand out: Sadie is a quirky book lover who's uneasy around people, while Laura blooms when she meets the revolutionary women of Greenwich Village, who fight for rights in a club called Heterodoxy. Laura's journalism professor dismisses the club for "trying too hard to be intellectual," prompting Laura to prove him wrong. Eventually she goes on to become a leading feminist essayist. Davis illuminates the world of special books through keen descriptions of the library and rare book dealers, while leading readers through the twin mysteries of the missing books. The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects New York Public Library -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Libraries -- Fiction.
Book thefts -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Lions of 5th avenue
Language English
Description 354 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781524744618
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