The Chelsea Girls

The Chelsea Girls

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home-a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524744588
Branch Call Number: FIC Davis F
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 12, 2019

Enjoyable read, wanted to read it mostly because of the McCarthy hearings affecting the lives of the writers, actors, and others in the theatre world. The beginning section in WW2 in Naples was interesting too. The spy stuff was a little outlandish. The main setting being in NYC is always a draw for me too.

debwalker Jun 25, 2019

The complex friendship and Broadway dreams of two women during the McCarthy era.


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