Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Bright Young Thing

Synopsis (Goodreads): The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. 

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star… 

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will. 

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets. 

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.


I should start by saying that I was a HUGE fan of Anna's The Luxe series.  Now, I've never been into period novels, but Godbersen has this knack for grabbing a reader's attention with memorable characters and wonderfully elegant writing.  I read Bright Young Things and I've come to the conclusion that this woman can do no wrong! 

In this novel,  Godbersen takes us back in time to 1920's New York City, where prohibition is in full swing. Too bad that doesn't stop the city's hottest speakeasies from hosting starry-eyed gals and fun-seeking lads, underground.

Um, I die.  Modern times can be so drab, no?

Enter Cordelia and Letty, two small-town girls who make their way to New York with the hopes of fulfilling the destinies they know they were meant for. While there they meet Astrid, a socialite with dreams of her own. Naturally, love, murder and chaos ensue.

Now, while the start of the novel sets us up for fame, marriage and death,  I've learned that it's never safe to predict or assume with Anna Godbersen. The woman will GO THERE and leave you reeling in the process. 

Bright Young Things is a wonderful start to a refreshingly original series and I can't recommend it enough!

What's next for Letty, Cordelia and Astrid? Find out in Beautiful Days (September 2011)


  1. You have my attention. Any talk of a movie deal?

  2. @The Word - Not for Bright Young Things. But if they did, you'd need to hold me back because I'd be all up on that!


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