The Lions of Fifth Avenue

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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 finds herself 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524744618
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLCatherineG Aug 19, 2020

This latest book from Davis was decent but I enjoyed “The Masterpiece” much more.

Aug 16, 2020

What book lover would not love a book with the setting of the iconic 42nd Street New York Public Library? And then to discover that at one time there was an apartment for the family of the manager of the library? It does not stop there. Along with getting to peak in so many rooms and in the book storage rooms under Bryant Park, there’s a mystery of stolen books that has a connection between 1913 and 1993.The characters of Laura Lyons who struggled with wanting a career in journalism and her granddaughter, Sadie, who is living the live she wants as a librarian in the library, have more in common than one would expect. As usual, Davis spins a captivating tale set in New York City.

DCLadults Aug 07, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. The New York Public Library is the main character in this historical mystery, where twin thefts of valuable rare books are spread over two timelines starting in the early 1900s and skipping to the 1990s.

JCLPiepieB Jul 30, 2020

Every Fiona Davis novel is a treat, and this, her latest, is no exception. I loved traveling through the passages and rooms of a long ago time in the New York Public Library. I loved all the tidbits sprinkled throughout about rare books and the care and keeping of them. I loved how the story - both stories! - kept me on the very edge of my seat. And maybe most of all I loved Laura, who learned what her passion was and blazed her own trail.

I'm a big-time fan of Fiona Davis, and her novels are definitely high on my list of recommendations.


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