Friday, July 8, 2016
Review: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society quickly feels familiar in the best of ways. I think that is because it is reminiscent of other books you have known and loved. I was reminded of Vanessa and Her Sister, which was a fictional recreation of Virginia Wolf, her artist sister Vanessa, and their circle of gifted relatives and friends. There are also really wonderful moments that point to Little Women with sisters supporting each other's artistic endeavors. We even get to observe brief meetings with Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde.
This book could easily become a book of issues, as the characters grapple with success, money, addiction, love, and responsibility. But the characters shine through every page. Ginny is full of passion and love and we want to see her get a happy ending (even if Callaway manages to surprise us with just how that happens).
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
By Joy Callaway
Harper Paperbacks May 2016
From publisher for She Reads