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The Dollhouse

(2016)
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"The Dollhouse... That's what we boys like to call it.... The Barbizon Hotel for Women, packed to the rafters with pretty little dolls. Just like you."

Fiona Davis' stunning debut novel pulls listeners into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong - a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo, and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist - not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

December 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: The Dollhouse
Author(s): Fiona Davis
ISBN: 1-4104-9452-7 / 978-1-4104-9452-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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August 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
ISBN: 1-101-98499-6 / 978-1-101-98499-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
ISBN: 1-101-98626-3 / 978-1-101-98626-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : Audio CD
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
ISBN: 1-5247-0314-1 / 978-1-5247-0314-1
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   

August 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Dollhouse: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Davis
Publisher: Dutton
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