Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Review: The Dollhouse
It's impossible to read a story like this one set in the past and the present without thinking about how much has changed for women and how much has stayed the same. In the 1950s, propriety reigned and the women of the Barbizon lived under the rule of a housemother who ensured that they were properly dressed, properly employed, and interacted properly with the opposite sex. Rose's storyline is set in 2016 and she still deals with being seen as a pretty face instead of a serious journalist and her life being ordained by her boyfriend and her male boss.
The Dollhouse is one of those books you speed through, eager to discover the secrets that have been hidden for sixty years. Fiona Davis wonderfully captures the 1950s and the hope of young women eager to strike out on new paths and their heartbreak when doors are closed to them. While the characters never seem quite developed enough, this is a fun mystery to breeze through in a weekend.
By Fiona Davis
Dutton August 2016
From the library
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What an interesting setting for a book! And Darby and Esme sound like great characters. I'm adding it to my list! :)ReplyDelete
The setting was great! I loved that the author made it seem that the Barbizon itself was almost alive with history.Delete
I've been interested in this one, but not quite sure about, in part because I don't love the cover, I think. After reading your review, I feel much less uncertain about it! The dual story line and the look at how women's lives have changed are both things I think I'd enjoy too.ReplyDelete
I'm glad I could convince you! :)Delete