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.
PAPERBACK TIE IN: The paperback of The Masterpiece will tie in to the new hardcover.
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.
WORLD RIGHTS: We have world rights for Fiona, and her books have so far been sold in 10 languages.
Praise for The Chelsea Girls
“Davis tells a very good story and deserves all the praise she won for her other books set in famous New York landmarks. . . . What finally emerges from the mix of detailed research and solid writing is a tale that is intricate and subtle, unpredictable and exciting.”—The Washington Post
“A satisfying read about the bonds between women.”—Brenda Janowitz, POPSUGAR
“Davis, who has given juicy supporting roles to New York landmarks in The Masterpiece and The Address, uses Chelsea as a metaphor for the grandeur that was within reach but spirals into a much darker place.”—Associated Press
“Another spectacular novel . . . Davis needs to be celebrated for this. Sure, she gets the history right and does a magnificent job of bringing the Chelsea’s special magic to life. Beyond that, she is an exquisite writer, who captures the essence of people and times.”—The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
“The glitz and glamour of the Chelsea Hotel provides a perfect backdrop for Davis's story of friendship, ambition, and behind-the-scenes theatrical intrigue. Hazel and Maxine are complex characters struggling with conflicting questions of loyalty, love, and professional success in a turbulent time. Their story is both a sharp-eyed commentary on female friendship and a vivid glimpse into the life of a New York City icon.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A completely absorbing page-turner of a read from cover to cover, The Chelsea Girls showcases author Fiona Davis's natural talent as a narrative-driven storyteller who pays meticulous attention to historical background elements while expertly crafting truly memorable characters and an original, entertaining, and thought-provoking story.”—Midwest Book Review
“Davis provides lots of historical details and some unforeseen twists. . . . [An] enjoyable read.”—Missourian
“The glamour of 1950s New York comes alive in this rich novel showcasing the history of the Chelsea Hotel, the theater district, and the twenty-year friendship of playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead.”—Woman's World
“Davis's writing is rich in detail, enhanced by her quality research.”—Historical Novels Review
“[Fiona Davis] knows how to write about missed connections and deep dark secrets. Her gift is to transform an iconic building into a character in her story. . . . Fiona Davis tackles a new place and time with historical accuracy and a plot full of surprises.”—BookTrib
“Featuring vibrant, witty characters who not only weather but thrive in a dark period of American history, Davis’s tale of one friendship’s strength will stun and satisfy readers.”—Publishers Weekly
“This novel in three acts brings to vivid life the McCarthy era and its impact on the entertainment industry in a heartbreaking tale of the friendship of two brave women.”—Library Journal
“The Chelsea Girls [gives] readers the chance to live vicariously within these famed walls through its richly developed characters. This truly is a book—and backdrop—not to be missed.”—BookBub“The theme of McCarthyism threads through this intricately woven novel, which highlights the politics of 1950s Broadway. . . . It’s a fascinating and at times heartbreaking look at an era in which lives were upended and careers derailed.”—The Christian Science Monitor
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