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Author: Beatriz Williams Narrator: Julie McKay, Dara Rosenberg Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9780062664105
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New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams recreates the New York City of A Certain Age in this deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy.

In 1924, Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers.

Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she’s got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her? While anything goes in the Roaring Twenties, Gin’s adventures will shake proper Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead—secrets that will echo from Park Avenue to the hollers of her Southern hometown.

As Ella discovers more about the basement speakeasy, she becomes inspired by the spirit of her exuberant predecessor, and decides to live with abandon in the wicked city too. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Julie McKay and Dara Rosenberg narrate this story of two women who live in New York City seventy years apart. Dara Rosenberg portrays Gin Kelly, whose city experience takes place during Prohibition. Rosenberg’s smoldering twang is reminiscent of the smoke-filled speakeasies that the fast-living Gin frequents. Fast-forward to 1998 and to Ella Gilbert, an accountant, whose life is the exact opposite of Gin’s: perfectly ordered, just like her spreadsheet columns. McKay’s flat tone reflects Ella’s monotonous life—until she moves to an apartment in Greenwich Village that leads to a series of discoveries. Rosenberg and McKay are remarkable performers who deftly deliver all the emotions of these complex characters. Hop on the A train for a powerful ride.”

    AudioFile

  • “The essence of the period is captured expertly…This is intelligent, riveting reading and historical drama at its best.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Williams again shows her mastery of creating two stories in distinct time periods…Both tales provide an intriguing mystery and a budding, swoon-worthy romance.”

    Library Journal

  • “An otherworldly atmosphere, pulse-raising tension, and swoonworthy romance all provide a stellar foundation for what will become a series.”

    Booklist

  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for January 2017

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About the Author

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Certain Age, and other novels. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University, then spent several years in New York and London as a corporate strategy consultant before pursuing her passion for historical fiction. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

About the Narrators

Julie McKay is a voice talent and audiobook narrator. She has a degree in music and a background in classical theater. As an actor, she has worked at Shakespeare festivals and regional theaters across the country as well as off-Broadway in New York.

Dara Rosenberg is an accomplished voice-over artist who has been recognized nationally for her extensive work in audiobooks and commercials. She has a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in drama and musical theater.