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The Lions of Fifth Avenue

A Novel
Autor: Fiona Davis
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 37 Min.
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A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times best seller!

“A page-turner for booklovers everywhere! ....A story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes from discovering truth.” (Adriana Trigiani, best-selling author of The Shoemaker's Wife)

In New York Times best-selling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life - her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club - a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on...and may just lose everything in the process. 

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage - truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.

©2020 Fiona Davis (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery.... The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)    

“Davis gives readers a mystery and a historical novel all in one absorbing tale.” (Library Journal)

"The magnificent Fiona Davis has written a page-turner for book lovers everywhere! I was on the edge of my seat as Laura Lyons, the ambitious essayist, breaks down social barriers and finds herself adrift in her own life at the end of the Belle Epoque in 1913 New York City. Secrets are revealed 80 years later by her granddaughter, who found her way into the family business, working at the New York Public Library. This is a story of family ties, their lost dreams and the redemption that comes from discovering truth." (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times best-selling author of The Shoemaker's Wife)

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The best novel I've read so far this year.

Finished reading a historical novel, The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
I must say this is "THE" Book to read by all book lovers and avid readers. I am so engrossed at the breathtaking setting in the historic New York Public Library and an in-depth look at it's History (which I found to be facts and a non-fiction part).
Two amazing women (several decades apart), connected not only by blood but by the mystery of significant books that are missing, the search for the truth and the unearthing of family secrets which was heartbreaking as the story slowly unravels. A non-stop page turner! It captivated me from the very start until the end. Now, I am still in this WOW moment hangover. Everything about this book, especially the Author's writing style, is perfect.
I have found my 2nd Best Reads/Novel this 2020🏆. I ❤ed it! And I wanted more from the author.

After reading the book, I switched to the Audiobook edition. I am so overwhelmed of how a really good narration and audio publication could bring an awesome masterpiece to a higher level. The impact of each characters, redefined by outstanding performances of Erin Bennett (Laura Lyobs) and Lisa Flanagan (Sadie) is huge. It gave me a second look and experience the characters through the narration. And I developed more of a deep understanding on the part of Laura and her family back in the 1913-14. It's so amazing how an audiobook can bring a book so much to life. And I believe that only talented narrators/voice-actors could only do this feat. It's one of the best audiobooks ever produced. I hope this would be recognized in the audiobook industry.