The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

The Chelsea Girls

From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, 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 the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives. From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long bee...

Details The Chelsea Girls

TitleThe Chelsea Girls
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Chelsea Girls

  • Tammy
    A haven for artists, musicians, writers, and actors, the iconic Chelsea Hotel provides the backdrop for this fictional account of friendship and McCarthyism. The main characters meet in Naples as USO entertainers during 1945. Their friendship continues into the 1960’s. One becomes a famous movie star while the other becomes a playwright and, at times, both live at the Chelsea. During the Cold War, people in the entertainment suffered blacklisti...
  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Hazel Ripley left her unfulfilling career as a constant understudy to join the USO Tour during World War II. Her new job takes her to the Old World where she meets Maxine Mead, a vivacious and outspoken actress. The two women bond over their love of theater and mutual formative experiences in Italy. Their friendship endures beyond their stint abroad; the two cross paths again at the iconic Chelsea Hotel - a haven for artists and creators - in the...
  • Faith
    I couldn’t get through either “The Address” or “The Masterpiece” by this author, but I enjoyed this book. Fortunately, it did not have dual time periods and I liked the theater setting and the description of the impact of the blacklisting in the 1950s.
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    What a fun, interesting place The Chelsea Hotel must have been.Hazel was in a family of performers, but Hazel wasn’t a performer. Hazel was a playwrite.We meet Hazel when she was on tour with the USO during the war. Hazel met many actors and became friends with them.We follow Hazel as she moves out of her childhood home and into The Chelsea Hotel during the McCarthy Era. When her friend, Maxine, from the USO, moves in too their friendship is re...
  • Robert Sheard
    This is a little bit of a departure for Fiona Davis. No dual timeline, and the landmark—the Chelsea Hotel—plays a slightly less crucial role than the landmarks in her previous works. But the examination of McCarthyism and its impact on the theater world is dark and devastating.
  • Camille Maio
    Fiona Davis has captured the hearts of readers with the way she brings life to New York City landmarks through compelling historical fiction. Setting her sights on the Chelsea Hotel, she delves into the world of theater in the McCarthy era. As two women wrestle with wartime memories, fractured friendship, love, and trust, readers will find themselves immersed in the world that Davis created and will be eager for more.
  • Tammy
    Yet another fabulously intriguing story by Fiona Davis!!
  • JenRaye
    EDITED2.5 stars The Chelsea Girls follows Hazel and Maxine from 1940s Europe, near the end of WWII to the late 1960s New York. The titular Chelsea is a hotel known for its many resident artists of various stripes...both political and professional. The bulk of the story takes place during the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism in the US, which led to the blacklisting of many in the entertainment industry for supposed communist connections. Maxine,...
  • Susan Johnson
    This story set in the McCarthy era is chilling. It is a reminder what happens to people who are persecuted for their speech or opinion. This centers around the entertainment world and two friends, Hazel and Maxine, and how the McCarthy investigation impacts their lives. The two meet in Naples, Italy in an USO troupe entertainment troupe. Hazel becomes a budding playwright and Maxine a famous actress after the War. They unite to put on Hazel's fir...
  • Jamie
    Fiona Davis is absolutely one of my favorite voices in historical fiction and her latest, The Chelsea Girls, proves why. This time around, Davis takes on post WWII communism and does so within the world of theater and performing arts in NYC. Deviating from the dual timelines of her past work, The Chelsea Girls begins in Italy where Hazel & Maxine meet on a USO tour and then a few years later, they are reunited in NYC at the Chelsea Hotel to work ...
  • Catie
    Life is too short to waste on mediocre books. So for your own sanity, skip this one. The Chelsea Girls is rife with poor character development, typos, and stilted sentence structure. It simply cannot compare with historical fiction greats by authors such as Philippa Gregory or Sharon Kay Penman.But also, as a random aside, my love for Sharon Kay Penman knows no bounds so it is *almost* an unfair comparison. Almost.The Chelsea Girls features, to n...
  • Julia Kelly
    A dazzling story of loyalty, friendship, and betrayal in 1950s Bohemian New York amid the danger of the Red Scare. It will leave readers wishing they could spend a night at the Chelsea Hotel for a taste of Broadway glamor and a well-shaken cocktail.
  • Toni
    Between a 4 and 4.5 Fiona Davis always writes an entertaining, historical-fiction novel; with a powerful ending. Author’s notes are stellar.
  • Sarah
    I had high hopes for this book as I greatly enjoyed the other novels by Fiona Davis, but this book fell flat for me. The time period was interesting, especially because there isn't much historical fiction set during the McCarthy Era. Unfortunately the book was overly dramatic and tragic without much character development. I was disappointed.I received an ARC from NetGalley. It will be released on July 30, 2019.
  • Savannah's Book List
    |Thank you to @NetGalley @duttonbooks #partner|.The Chelsea Girls opens during WWII. The two main characters, Hazel and Maxine, meet on a USO tour in Italy and their friendship is born out of shared trials and circumstances. After the war they return to the states. Hazel returns to New York and her life in the theater world. Maxine goes to Hollywood to try and make it on the silver screen. The rest of the book follows the next 20 years as they en...
  • Maureen DeLuca
    I enjoy historical fictions, and I also enjoy them by this fine author. But for me, this book was just so-so. It was a struggle.
  • Mayke (acozyliving)☕️
    Review to come
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    3.5 STARS - New York City's Chelsea Hotel was a haven for its bohemian inhabitants who were a melange of artists, musicians and performers in the mid-1900's. It's around this iconic hotel that Fiona Davis sets her latest Historical Fiction novel. The story focuses on the friendship of two women and how Red Scare accusations and the ensuing blacklisting, often lead to horrific results for those who were (often unjustly) under suspicion of being Co...
  • Linda Zagon
    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Chelsea Girls" by Fiona Davis, Dutton, July 2019Kudos to Fiona Davis, Author of "The Chelsea Girls" for writing such intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling, historical and entertaining novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction.  The author writes about The Chelsea Hotel and its history, and the entertainment industry. In a good portion of the novel the McCarthy era,...
  • MicheleReader
    Whether it’s the Barbizon, the Dakota, Grand Central Terminal or The Chelsea Hotel, Fiona Davis has the great talent of weaving her wonderful stories around some of New York City’s most interesting and iconic landmarks. I’ve long been intrigued by the Chelsea Hotel and its history with its wide range of artist inhabitants (check out Leonard Cohen singing about fellow resident Janis Joplin in Chelsea Hotel No. 2.) In The Chelsea Girls, we ar...
  • Sarah
    The Chelsea Girls takes a look at New York landmark the Chelsea Hotel and the devastation to the entertainment industry wrought by the McCarthy era of the 1950s, through the lens of a first time playwright and her best friend/leading actress. The book spans from their meeting in the 40s through to the 60s, told in 3 acts and alternating between Hazel and Maxine's perspectives.I thought the witch hunting behaviour of the McCarthy era was well hand...
  • Sue
    I read lots of historical fiction books but this is a time period that I haven't read much about in the past -- the early 50s when the government and McCarthy were trying to find and punish alleged communists in the entertainment business. I have read about what went on during this time period but this book makes it more personal and is about how it affected so many people in the entertainment business who were never able to find work again.The t...
  • Jen
    The Chelsea Girls was my first foray into the worlds created by Fiona Davis and I must just say…” where the hell have I been??” I was immediately taken in by the story and simply didn’t stop reading until I was finished. Work and sleep and kids be damned. The Chelsea Girls takes place in the McCarthy era. During and Post WWII, the theater community was thriving. Until it was under attack. It was the dawn of the Red Scare and entertainers ...
  • Stephanie
    Fiona Davis has never failed me. She is is everything I love about historical fiction. Rich characters, interesting setting, deep plot, perfect twists, and even a bit of romance. Perfection.
  • Shannon Dyer
    Review to come at AAR.
  • Lisa
    Really a 2.5. Kind of disappointing as I love Fiona Davis books. Maybe it was missing the duel timeline? I loved the topic though..the book just kind of dragged. Well researched.
  • Donald Scott
    This was my first time reading bestselling novelist Davis (The Address, The Dollhouse), known for centering complex fictional stories around iconic addresses or buildings - her newest novel wonderfully showcasing the infamous bohemian haven for artists known as The Chelsea Hotel in New York City. The Chelsea Girls opens with Hazel's arrival in Naples, Italy in what would be the final months of WWII. A young woman from a theatrical family trying t...
  • Jen
    3.5/4 stars. I had the pleasure of seeing Fiona Davis speak in Minnesota shortly after The Masterpiece was released. I, just like her, am always intrigued by places and stories that may have transpired in those spaces. I hadn't had a chance to read any of her books, so I was excited to finally dive in and discover Davis as an author thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House who offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Chelsea Girls...
  • Samantha
    Exceptional. No, better than exceptional.I’m an OG fan of Fiona Davis, going all the way back to The Dollhouse, and have read and loved each of her novels. This meant I had very high standards for Chelsea Girls, and I’m pleased to say that Davis managed to exceed the high bar she set for herself with her previous work. While I’ve always admired Davis’ sense of time and place, ability to create atmosphere, and deft hand at writing nuanced ...
  • Sue Seligman
    This is an amazing historical fiction book set in my favorite city, New York, mostly at the iconic Chelsea Hotel, known as a haven for writers, artists, actors, and members of the theatre world. Hazel Ripley and Maxine Mead meet overseas in Italy, in the waning days of World War II, as members of the performing USO, and they forge a close friendship after sharing some heart wrenching experiences. Upon their return to the United States after the w...