Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
A historical novel about 3 women who work in a bookstore and are ready for the world to change
Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:
Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances — most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.
Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.
Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.
As they interact with various literary figures of the time — Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others — these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow. (From St. Martin's Press)
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Canadian author Natalie Jenner is a former lawyer and independent bookshop owner who is currently based in Oakville, Ont. Her debut book, The Jane Austen Society was a bestselling novel about unexpected community, and the quiet triumph and tragedies of every day life in post-Second World War Britain. The bestselling The Jane Austen Society was a 2020 nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards in both the historical fiction and debut novel categories.