The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

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Overview

Jo, the firstborn, "The General" to her eleven sisters, is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother. She is the one who taught them how to dance, the one who gives the signal each night, as they slip out of their father’s townhouse and into cabs that will take them to the speakeasy. Together they elude their controlling father. Meanwhile, they continue to dance, until one night when they are caught in a raid, separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn’t seen in almost ten years. Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and eleven sisters, but those she must make of herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629236681
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Genevieve Valentine is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in New York City.

Susie Berneis is a versatile voice over artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, cultivated in her 20-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor, (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and Theatre) Susie now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration.

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are not ready for vacation unless you have this book packed too!! This is an entertaining fictional story about 12 (yes 12) sisters who are kept hidden in the attic by their father, teach themselves to dance from the movies and start stealing out of the house at night to go to the speakeasies and dance the night away. Their world comes crashing down when their father starts to suspect and makes other plans for their lives to financial benefit him. Genevieve Valentine does a brilliant job weaving a realistic and believable story. There are surprises that keep you turning pages. She makes you feel the sisters’ joy in dancing and the dismay at the life they are forced to endure and the choices they are driven to make. My only disappointment is I would have liked to read more historical facts woven into the story. Pick up suntan lotion, your beach chair and this book and settle down by the ocean, you won’t be disappointed.
Caroles_Random_Life 5 months ago
I did like this book. I have had a review copy of this book for a very long time and I have to admit that I didn't remember a whole lot about what the book was about when I got started with it. I now realize that this book is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have a small confession to make...I don't know a lot of fairytales well. I pretty much know what Disney has covered. I was discussing this book with my teenage daughter after I finished it and was reminded that we once had the Barbie version of the story. So I can't really make any comparisons to the original story but I thought it was enjoyable on its own. Jo is the oldest of twelve girls. She lives in the attic along with her sisters. Her mother is gone but she rarely saw her anyway. Jo is the one who really takes care of her sisters and also deals with their father's demands. The girls have one bright spot in their lives and that is dancing. Once the house goes quiet, they sneak out to dance at the local clubs. They know all of the dances and are quite popular with the gentlemen looking for a partner. I liked Jo and respected her dedication to her sisters. Some of her sisters didn't even realize how much she gave up for them. I also really liked the second oldest sister, Lou. I loved the relationship between Lou and Jo and thought that they really worked well as a team. I must say that I had a really difficult time keeping a lot of the sisters straight and felt that they just kind of blended together. There were a couple of other characters that stood out in the story, like Tom, but I do wish that I would have had a better feel for all of the sister's personalities. I chose to listen to this story and thought that Susie Berneis did a great job with the story. I think that she handled the character voices very well and the dialogue in the story flowed well. I think that she was able to add excitement to the story as well. I found her voice to be very pleasant and easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would recommend this book to others. I think that readers who enjoy retellings or books set in the Jazz Age will enjoy this story. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Genevieve Valentine's work. I received a digital review copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
slipperyrock More than 1 year ago
Great read ... filled with some twists and turns!
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Jazz, Speakeasies, and a Pack of Princesses Jo, aka The General, has been looking out for her younger sisters ever since each of them was born. All eleven of them. They're lucky she is, as their mother has died (worn out by childbearing), and their father, who only wanted a son, has little to do with them. They're sequestered in rooms at the top of the house, forbidden even to look out the windows, lest someone SEE them, and kept on a meager budget that allows for ugly clothing and shoes bought via catalog. And taxi fare.  Beginning when she was 19, Jo has figured out a way to sneak out of the house and go dancing, which saves her health and her sanity At first, she only takes the next eldest three: Lou, Doris, and Ella. Eventually, all twelve girls are dancing - careful not to disclose their names, or even their sisterhood, at the Kingfisher Club and other speakeasies, where their dancing partners often call them doll or Princess. I received a free ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. There's a lot of "telling," rather than showing in this book, but as the retelling of a classic fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, that worked for me. What blew me away was the skill of the author in introducing each sister, gradually, without an info-dump, but with just enough information that I had a sense of who she was, and when the sisters became separated, FEEL Jo's anguish at not knowing if Rebecca, or Violet, or the twins or others were safe. It would have been easy to either decide to make it the six dancing flappers, or to get bogged down trying to tell too many storylines, but the author doesn't do either. Set in 1927 (Prohibition-era) New York, there's also the thrill - and danger - of the nightclub environment, where raids by the cops are always a possibility. And when their father decides he's going to settle their fate in rather unpleasant ways, Jo may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to set them all free.