It’s 1927 and Olive McCormick is trying to make it in show business. She can sing and dance. And she is beautiful. Olive is from a conservative family in Minnesota and her parents expect her to be spending her time seeking an appropriate, respectable husband. When the family moves to Brooklyn, NY, Olive is confident that she has a shot with the Ziegfeld Follies, her dream. After an initial rejection, Olive Shine (her new stage name) soon gets her big break working for Ziegfeld, much to the chagrin of her parents. The Show Girl takes us on Olive’s journey, which has it hardships and triumphs.
In this absorbing book, you will be transported to the 1920s as the Great Depression is lurking in the near future. But before the market crashes in 1929, the wealthy live it up. Spending freely at shows, nightclubs and traveling to leisure destinations such as the Adirondacks in private, luxury rail cars. Author Nicola Harrison has painted a perfect picture of the era. Olive makes her share of mistakes but she’s talented, determined and unable to accept the inferior role that women hold in society. She’s someone to root for.
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read The Show Girl in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: August 10, 2021.
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