Three Stylish Novels Set in the Post-War Era

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By Beth Goehring

On the most recent “Three Tomatoes Happy Hour” podcast, my exuberant friend Kim Selby got some really interesting intel out of costume designer Donna Zakowska, the “It” woman of the moment for her fabulous work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”  Don’t miss it.

The 1950s saw seismic changes in women’s fashion, hair styles, and opportunities. These three novels bring us back to the post-war era with all its secrets, frustrations, and desires. They also make a stylish accessory when you go to your next “Mrs. Maisel” viewing party.

The Doll House

Three Stylish Novels Set in the Post-War Era

The single girls who called Manhattan’s Barbizon Hotel for Women home had ambitions and parents who insisted their daughters be appropriately chaperoned.  But there were ways to give the hall monitors the slip and Darby McLaughlin took full advantage. What could go wrong? A contemporary journalist who befriends the elderly Darby uncovers the shocking truth of her adventures. Get the book.

The Lost Family

Three Stylish Novels Set in the Post-War Era

This poignant novel spans war-torn Europe and 1960s Manhattan. Suave restaurateur Peter Rashkin is a mystery to the patrons of his popular gathering place, Masha’s. When he meets the stunning young model, June Bouquet, he allows himself to hope that he might be able to assuage his grief. June’s journey through career, marriage, and motherhood is just as moving. Get the book.



The Perfume Collector

Three Stylish Novels Set in the Post-War Era

A rich mix of the elegance and the violent history of early 20th century Europe, this is the story of a surprise inheritance that seems like the answer to unhappily married Grace Monroe’s prayers until she learns the truth about her mysterious benefactor. Get the book.


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Beth Goehring believes, with apologies to Lorelei Lee, that rather than diamonds books are a girl’s best friend…and a boy’s, a man’s and a woman’s. For more than twenty-five years, through Book-of-the-Month Club and its related clubs, she’s sold popular fiction, mysteries, romances, cookbooks, children’s books, play scripts, behind-the-scenes tales of the movies and theatre, and lifestyle books. She lives with her husband in Manhattan.FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestEmailShare

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