CPL staff love The Address, a historical novel of New York’s Gilded Age. Here’s what two staff members had to say.
Rosanna: I loved the author's previous book, The Dollhouse, and its careful peeling of layers to spin a gripping tale about the Barbizon Hotel in NYC. When I started to read her new book, with Manhattan's Dakota Building as the main character, I thought it would be similar to her last book, just at a different historical location. It was, and SO MUCH MORE! This book is part mystery, part historical fiction and part tragedy. Taking place in 1885 and alternating that time period with 1985, we learn about the architect of the building and the legacy he left behind. I thought I had figured out the mystery, but was a bit off, and then BAM! - there was yet another surprise at the end. Fiona Davis definitely did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from her in the future and learning about NYC landmarks in the process.
Marybeth: The Address is a fast paced read that I couldn't put down - but didn't want to end! Set in the famous Dakota building in NYC, it offered alternating but interwoven timelines. Great historical read, a mystery to solve (with a twist or two) and family ties (some tragic). Fiona Davis has a knack for blending history and fiction. Loved the characters/story but now am interested in learning more about the setting and time period!