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The Chelsea Girls
A Novel
Large type / large print edition
By (author): Fiona Davis
9780593104248 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Aug 06, 2019
$39.00 CAD
Active 6.06 x 9.17 x 0.99 in 480 pages Large Print Random House Large Print
The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women’s lives—from the national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address.

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red Scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine’s Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

Story Locale: New York City

NATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The Dollhouse was on the extended ABA Indiebound Bestseller list for two weeks, and The Address was a national bestseller, with three weeks on the Indie printed list and six weeks on the extended list.

HUGE STRIDES WITH FIONA: Fiona’s first two novels both recieved incredible publicity lineups, with rave reviews from People, US Weekly, and Ms Magazine, among others, and her forthcoming publications—The Address TP, and The Masterpiece HC—have taken a huge leap. From placement in Target (The Address TP) and Costco (The Masterpiece), to early raves for The Masterpiece to add to nine glowing blurbs, to preorders for The Masterpiece that are up 198% from The Address as of July 14, we’re breaking Fiona out, and this new book is the perfect opportunity to continue her exponential growth.

CONNECTED AND DEDICATED AUTHOR: Fiona is a tireless promoter of her own work, hand-delivering galleys to indies, speaking at countless bookclubs and library events, writing articles and completing Q&As online, and utilizing her connections.

ICONIC SETTING: Fiona’s new novel centers on the Chelsea Hotel from the 1940s to the 1960s, iconic for its artistic scene and many famous residents, such as Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Stanley Kubrick, Andy Warhol, Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, and The Grateful Dead—just to name a few.

TIMELY STORY: While historical fiction, the novel focuses on female friendship and the political pressures of McCarthyism, relateable topics in the today’s continued rise of feminism and political strife.

CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Dutton hardcover. Also available as an unabridged audiobook from Penguin Audio.

Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Masterpiece. She lives in New York City and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the Columbia Journalism School.

Author Residence: New York City

Marketing: National print and online publicity

5-city author tour

National advertising campaign

Social media campaign

Pitch author essays

Book club promotion

Discussion guide available online

Pre-publication consumer outreach

Bookstagram campaign

BEX promotion

Library marketing campaign

Promote in conjunction with THE MASTERPIECE

Publicity: Feature on RH Large Print Website

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Praise for The Masterpiece:

“Davis has written another paean to a New York City landmark. Historical fiction fans will love the compelling dual narrators and time periods perfectly captured in this novel based on the history of one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world.”—Library Journal (starred)

“Davis’s splendid third novel takes readers back in time to the New York of the 1970s and the late ’20s, centering on Grand Central Station…Davis entices with a fast-paced mystery and expertly reveals parallels between the two periods in New York and between Clara and Virginia, resulting in a true crowd-pleaser.”—Publishers Weekly

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