The Show Girl

I received an ARC (advance reader copy) of this one and was drawn to it as I loved City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert so so much. This wasn’t as good as that but I still really enjoyed it. Fun and feminist, and I love reading books set during Prohibition New York. Olive McCormick moves to New York from Minneapolis in 1927, where she becomes a star in the Ziegfeld Follies. Her family (her father, really) is unsupportive of her dancing: they find it disgraceful and force her to make a decision between them (and living a nice life at home) and performing. She chooses performing. It’s the thing she loves most, the thing that lights her on fire. When she meets handsome, wealthy, Archie Carmichael, she thinks she’s found the one: a man that accepts her career and desire to be on stage. But as they continue to see each other and ultimately get engaged, she realizes that she has to choose and that she can’t have both things: does she give up the man she loves for the life she loves… or give up the life she loves for the man she loves? I really enjoyed this. It took me a little while to get into but once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop. And it had a really satisfying ending too. Order on or Amazon.