December 2014 Book of the Month.
Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre of the tale is an unsolved murder which eventually is solved in quite an ingenious way. Our murdered victim was a strong supporter of the labour movement and there is lots of fascinating detail of that period, of the poverty and hunger plus the lives of prostitutes in the 1913s. It is based on a real event.
A hooker. A mistress. A murder. This town was built on sin. This is a time when the corrupt ruled. This is a place that is rotten to the core. This is the story of two women, only one of whom lives to tell the tale. Trinidad, Colorado 1913: the only town for a thousand miles where prostitution is still legal. This is a town that is living by its own rules, a society that is upside down, where the corrupt rule and money flows. But beneath the glitter and the gaiety, bitter unrest is building. This story follows two women, both trying to make their way in a frontier town built and run for men. One lives within society's boundaries: a decent, rich life, behind lace curtains. The other is a celebrated hooker. Based on a real-life event - a massacre of women and children - so brutal it stopped America in its tracks.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Praise for Melting the Snow on Hester Street:
'The delicately constructed plot keeps you guessing until the end ... Waugh creates the early
Hollywood world with verve and conviction in this taut, clever and moving novel.'
'A lubricious new novel ... period charm and sexual intrigue.'
'A dizzy tale about greed, love, fame and money ****.'
'Gripping, glamorous and poignant, it's a cracking tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end'
'Sunset Boulevard meets Nancy Mitford.'
'This reminded me of Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather... a great companion piece for all the Gatsby fuss around this month... An absorbing, glamorous read.'
-Viv Groskop, RED BOOK CLUB
'Gripping... powerful, evocative'
'Waugh blends fact and fiction in an intoxicating tale of life under the glittering veneer of Tinsel Town.'
Praise for Last Dance with Valentino
'A gripping, bittersweet love story.'
'Impeccably researched and beautifully-written'
'Daisy Waugh delivers her engaging tale with wit and a real lightness of touch'
'Written in deft, engrossing prose, this story is dizzy with glamour and heartbreak'
'Waugh weaves fact with fiction into a novel with glamour, tragedy and romance'
'It's intelligent, inventive and deliciously entertaining.'
Publication date: 20/11/2014
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||20th November 2014|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
Daisy Waugh was our Guest Editor in September 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Daisy Waugh is a journalist and travel writer. She has worked as an agony aunt and as a restaurant critic. She was a teacher at a girl’s school in Northern Kenya and has also written a weekly column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood scriptwriter. Daisy and her family of five live in London. Click here to read the 'Ask the Author' feature on Daisy Waugh. Author photo © Paul StuartMore About Daisy Waugh