Northshire Online: Natalie Jenner - Bloomsbury Girls - with Kim Van Alkemade

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:00pm
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The internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society will join us to discuss her new book, a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London; a century-old bookstore; and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world. Jenner will be in conversation with fellow historical novelist Kim Van Alkemade.

"Jenner's follow-up to her delightful The Jane Austen Society is another wonderful work of historical fiction for book-lovers. Three young women in post-war London work together to try to bring a hide-bound small bookshop (and their often-grouchy male co-workers) into the modern era. This book was great fun!" --Rachel Person

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Katie Couric Media, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, BookBub, POPSUGAR, SheReads, and more!*

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

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.


NATALIE JENNER is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller, and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel By Natalie Jenner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250276698
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

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Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8 By Kim Van Alkemade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501173349
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Published: Gallery Books - March 6th, 2018

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