“Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down.”—People
Fiona Davis’s stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon’s glitzy past.
When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that’s used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.
Over half a century later, the Barbizon’s gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby’s involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman’s rent-controlled apartment. It’s a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby’s upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose’s obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.
“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a three act play. It is often called a problem play, for the author deals with the contemporary problem, without suggesting any concrete or positive solution.
The play first premiered on 21st of December 1879, at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the same week it was published in the form of a book.
There was a huge controversy when the play was published for the first time because the play very harshly criticized the 19th century marriage norms.
The historical value of “A Doll’s House” was recognized by UNESCO, and they inscribed Henrik Ibsen’s signed manuscripts on the Memory of the World Register in the year 2001.
Notwithstanding a lot of criticism at the time of its publication, it can be said that “A Doll’s House” is the finest play ever written on the subject of women’s rights.
In England, when the play was staged, the audiences compelled the producer and the director to provide an alternate ending to the play. The popularity of the play is so high that even the academic circles included it in the course of studies in various academic institutions all around the world.
The play has been translated into more than thirty six languages, and it has been filmed multiple times with different star cast