City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay

City of Flickering Light

Juliette Fay—“one of the best authors of women’s fiction” (Library Journal)—transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility. It’s July 1921, “flickers” are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train t...

Details City of Flickering Light

TitleCity of Flickering Light
Release DateApr 16th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Literary Fiction, United States, Culture, Film, North American Hi..., American History, American, American Fiction

Reviews City of Flickering Light

  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***The premise for this book was intriguing; a look at the world of the early “flickers” and the flood of young men and women to Hollywood to try to make their way as actors. As in all things in life, things are not always as they appear, this too is the case in Hollywoodland, as it was called then.Our journey to old Hollywood starts when three friends, Irene Van Beck, Millie Martin and Henry Weiss, jump from a moving train! T...
  • marilyn
    In July 1921, burlesque dancers Irene Van Beck and Millie Martin, and the burlesque comedian Henry Weiss jump off a moving train as their first step of escaping the clutches of their burlesque show boss and making their way to Hollywood for their chance at hitting it big in Tinseltown. Having barely survived life in a burlesque, making no money, getting little food, and risking beatings from the boss, on the scalp, to prevent bruises showing on t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Irene Van Beck has had enough of working for a traveling burlesque show. She has a plan, and together with fellow dancer Millie Martin, she is ready to start a new life. Tagging along with them is comedian Henry Weiss, and soon they are off to Hollywood on the next train. However, there it is one thing to dream about finding fame in Hollywood; it's a different thing in real life. Just finding a paying job is hard enough, but Irene, Millie, and He...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsJuliette Fay’s new novel about Golden Age Hollywood is a gem from start to finish. Fay clearly did her research and includes cameos from a variety of famous silent film stars and others involved in the early “flickers” business. I highly, highly recommend this novel especially if you love this era in Hollywood.For more reviews, check out my Instagram account,
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    3.5 Stars. Review to follow.
  • Faith
    Very soapy story and crams in too many issues - rape, racism, antisemitism, unwanted pregnancy, homosexuality, drugs and murder. Amazingly, in a very short time each of the protagonists became very successful. These people packed a lot into a year.
  • Katharine
    When I first received this book I set it aside, thinking it wasn't for me, but after Allie Larkin "pressed it into my hands" (as the hosts of Currently Reading would say), I decided to give it a try. And I'm SO glad I did! It might be the book that finally convinces me historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine.I was immediately captured by the glitter of 1920s Hollywood and was totally absorbed by the story of these three friends. It's some...
  • Juli
    It all starts in 1921 when Irene Van Beck and her two friends, Millie and Henry, jump from a moving train. They were tired of life with a travelling burlesque show...low pay, abuse, constant moving around. The three friends find their way to Hollywood, dreaming of a new life acting in "flickers.'' Turns out, Hollywood glamour is an illusion hiding a seedy underside. The friends experience hunger, disappointment, and loss while trying to make it b...
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    I really liked The City of Flickering Light. As a fan of historical fiction, I loved the old Hollywood storyline and it was reminiscent of The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin which I enjoyed. I was immersed in the lives of Irene, Millie, and Henry, and how their friendship got them through hard times of poverty, pain, and heartache. I love a good story with a strong friendship theme.
  • Jen
    Oh, how I enjoyed reading this book! The glitz! The glam! Hollywood in the 1920’s! It’s the Roaring Twenties, and “flickers” are all the rage. Three friends, stuck in a bad situation, plot their way out and make a break for Hollywood. These friends support one another as they try to make their way in Tinseltown, yearning for their big breaks. I loved the old glam. I loved the history of early Hollywood. I was reading this on my lunch brea...
  • Amy
    Star Rating: 2.5 StarsFor a book that is 400 pages, it took me a little more than 2 weeks to finish it. Which is never a good sign.This book was huge disappointment for me. Not because its a bad book because its not. Its well written and well researched, but ultimately, I could not connect with this.In theory, this book should have been a slam dunk for me. 1. I've read this author before and I really enjoyed that book. I read The Tumbling Turner...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show. When her friends, fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss, leap after her, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry.Lots of 1920's movie references and histo...
  • Pamela
    People Magazine and/or Entertainment Tonight fans this one's for you; especially if you enjoy delving into the historical, gossipy, seedier side of golden era Hollywood. Good pace, fun writing, interesting characters, alluring first few chapters . . . it will be a good summer read for many. But not for me.
  • Beth Cato
    I received an early reviewer copy through Netgalley.I've been reading a lot of nonfiction and fiction Hollywood through this period, so I was excited to read this book. The story is a solid one as it follows three escapees from an abusive burlesque show--Irene, Millie, and Henry--as they venture to Hollywood to try and make their dreams come true. Really, this novel is great for readers with only a vague understanding of silent film Hollywood, as...
  • Kendra
    This isn't terrible, it's just boring and predictable and uses a lot of cliches. The characters are cardboard. In the mid-1920s, three white folks--responsible, clever Irene, dim, cuddly MIllie, and handsome, gay Henry--go to Hollywood to become stars. Along the way, of course, there is sexism and a rape and gay-bashing and the perils of heroin addiction, but then everyone is spotted as the talents they are and get jobs they like! Irene becomes a...
  • Megan
    City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay is a historical fiction novel set in 1920s Hollywood, the time of Prohibition, the Roaring Twenties, and the emerging silent film industry. Irene and her friends Millie and Henry all work in a burlesque show but yearn for more. They literally take matters into their own hands by jumping off a moving train and heading to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Once they arrive, they quickly realize that while Hol...
  • Tina Woodbury
    I recently discovered a love for historical fiction stories that center on the 1920’s and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. City of Flickering Light is a story about three friends who want the Hollywood dream and will not stop until they achieve it!Irene, Millie, and Henry have had enough of the traveling burlesque show they are working for. While pulling out of the train station to their next destination they quite literally jump off the tra...
  • Julie
    I loved the fact that the friendships between Mille, Irene and Henry were born out of necessity but grew into deep love and affection for each other. Each of the three have a different path in Hollywood that they will follow to gain fame. I enjoyed Irene’s the most because it highlighted women scriptwriters in a way that I had not read yet.The quotes in the beginning of each chapters were great lead ins and highlighted that time period.This is ...
  • Jena Henry
    What’s your favorite movie? I can’t wait to see his latest film. Hollywood…Tinseltown…dream factory…La La Land… dazzling phrases that conjure dreams of glamour, sophistication, power and beauty. Movie, and movie stars have captivated us for well over 100 years now. What was it like back in the early days of Hollywood, back in the silent film era?According to Author Juliette Fay, life in Hollywood hasn’t changed too much. Prohibition...
  • Cindy
    I've found a new go to author! This book is another great read from the author of the Tumbling Turner Sisters. It is a delightful tale with a great cast of characters that is set in the early days of the making of silent movies in Hollywood. Like her prior book, each chapter opens with a wonderful quote from a Hollywood legend that foreshadows the issues exposed in the forthcoming chapter. It was entertaining, interesting and as would be expected...
  • Allie Larkin
    I have to confess that I took ages to finish this book because I didn't want to face the idea of saying goodbye to these characters. Old Hollywood makes for a thrilling, fascinating backdrop and this book feels like a grand adventure! The heart and soul of these characters makes the book truly special. I fell madly in love with Irene, Millie, and Henry, and didn't want to let them go. Juliette Fay did an incredible job creating endearing people w...
  • Randy
    I had the great good luck to read CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT early on--what a fantastic ride. Early Hollywood was filled with extraordinary stories & author Fay captures three enmeshed figures--from the faint beginnings of 'I wanna be a star' to the different paths taken. I absolutely loved this page-turning novel.
  • Yolanda
    This was a good book about the silent film era that was well researched. I enjoyed the history of Hollywood in the 20’s.. thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
  • Lynne Lambdin
    The 1920's are such an iconic time in American History. This is the decade of flappers, flickers and Fitzgerald. But that is just the teasing tip, this Jazz-Age era brought forth new social and art movements like the Harlem Renaissance. It brought forth an elusive world of speakeasies that somehow made prohibition seem glamorous. I've sought out many novels from this era since it is such a dreamy time, but I have never dived into the Hollywood el...
  • Amy
    Star Rating: 2.5 StarsFor a book that is 400 pages, it took me a little more than 2 weeks to finish it. Which is never a good sign.This book was huge disappointment for me. Not because its a bad book because its not. Its well written and well researched, but ultimately, I could not connect with this.In theory, this book should have been a slam dunk for me. 1. I've read this author before and I really enjoyed that book. I read The Tumbling Turner...
  • Kandice Miles
    I won an advanced uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my honest review of this book. Let me just say, this book was nothing like what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised! Based in the 1920s, this is a story of a young lady, Irene, and her two friends, Henry and Millie, who try to make something of their lives in a very young Hollywood. The story starts with them jumping off a moving train on the run from the...
  • Nancy
    As a resident of southern California, I have a particular interest and affinity for novels featuring this part of the country. Juliette Fay has written a page-turner of a historical novel set in the Hollywood of at the early 1920's. The book engaged me because of the strength of its characters and seemingly effortless descriptions of the residences, restaurants, work scenes and "playgrounds" of the period.Although early Hollywood is the star of t...
  • Tami
    This was just an all-around enjoyable read. The main characters were very likable people and even though it may have been a bit predictable, it was still a very engaging story.Irene, Millie and Henry each have a background that they feel the need to run away from. They form a make-shift family after making a daring escape from a traveling burlesque show. When they get to Hollywood, they help each other until they each find jobs.Even after they ea...
  • Joan Happel
    It’s 1921 and the Golden Age of Hollywood when three friends, fleeing from an abusive burlesque show owner, jump from a train and head to Tinsel-town to seek fame and fortune. Irene Van Beck, Millie Martin and Henry Weiss pool money and talents in order to make their dreams come true. The trio faces many obstacles along the way including the famous casting couches, anti-Semitism, rampant drug abuse and having to hide one’s sexuality. Despite ...
  • Kim McGee
    The beginning of a little village called Hollywood in the 1920s was a place where dreams became reality or for some, a real nightmare.Three unlikely traveling companions jump a train to escape the evil world of vaudeville and a burlesque show to begin what they feel is their destiny - the movies. For Irene, it offers a chance to discover her writing talents, for Henry, it is an awareness of who he really is and for poor lost Millie, it is a chanc...