Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things, by Anna Godbersen.

New York was the capital of commerce and joy, and young people sought us from every direction. They came in droves, to join the kind of party only a great metropolis can host. They came from wealthy families and farming families, from the north and south and west. They came to avoid kitchens and marriages, to a place where they could reasonably claim to be eighteen forever. Or for the foreseeable future, anyway, which seemed to us the same thing. They came, mostly, for the fun - especially the young things, especially the girls.
That is what I want to tell you about: the girls with their short skirts and bright eyes and big-city dreams.

The girls of 1929.

I really like Anna Godbersen's series "The Luxe," and so when I heard that she had started a new series, "Bright Young Things," I wanted to read the book, and it did not disappoint. While "The Luxe" was set in the turn of the century (late 1800s), this book is set in 1929, when Prohibition is still on and the world is changing quickly. Letty and Cordelia, two friends, decide to escape from their small town in Ohio and pursue their dreams in New York; Cordelia, however, is keeping a secret from Letty, which will be revealed when they arrive in the city.

The book was pretty good and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Beautiful Days, of which apparently Godbersen has just finished a draft.

4 stars out of 5.


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