Ziegfeld Girls

Ziegfeld Girls

New York City, 1914. Suzanne and Jada. Entwined as sisters. Talented and resourceful. Black and white. Wealthy employer and devoted maid. Together, they realize Suzanne’s dream to see her name in lights on Broadway as she becomes the dazzling Ziegfeld Follies’ rising new star. But Jada’s superb voice and dance skills give her an unexpected shot at her own success—and her o...

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Title:Ziegfeld Girls
Author:Sarah Barthel
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Ziegfeld Girls Reviews

  • nikkia neil

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.

    Fun, flirty, and just the right combo of jazz age and modern. With a murder to solve, this novel has a serious side that makes it more than a dance rivalry.

  • Jennifer

    Sarah Barthel transports you to the behind-the-scenes glamorous and not-so-glamorous world of the 1914 Ziegfeld Follies... and throws in some racial tension, family secrets, mystery, danger, and a touch of romance. After reading this book, I definitely want to learn more about the Follies and the entertainment world of that time period!

  • Heather Mulvihill

    I received this ARC from Netgalley. This book was about Suzanne and Jada and their achieving Suzanne’s dream of becoming a Ziegfeld girl. Jada was Suzanne’s assistant. Suzanne achieved her dream of being a Ziegfeld girl and achieves her dream of acting with Bert Williams, an African American actor. The play was being threatened by another actress because she was afraid of being fired. I loved this book. I highly recommend it

  • Kathleen Gray

    Perfect for fans of historical fiction. This tale of two women who start out as friends (as much as an employer and employee can be friends) but turn into rivals is set among the jazz clubs and dance halls of 1914 New York. There are family secrets, there is a threat of violence, but above all there are Suzanne and Jada. These are two fully formed characters who are both belieavable and sympathetic. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. This is a fast and very entertaining novel that gives insight i

    Perfect for fans of historical fiction. This tale of two women who start out as friends (as much as an employer and employee can be friends) but turn into rivals is set among the jazz clubs and dance halls of 1914 New York. There are family secrets, there is a threat of violence, but above all there are Suzanne and Jada. These are two fully formed characters who are both belieavable and sympathetic. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. This is a fast and very entertaining novel that gives insight into the hot world of privilege and creativity in this era. Try it for a well written good read.

  • Zoe

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.

    This is a novel of friendship, loyalty, and making it as a dancer in the still segregated states.

  • Janice

    Before reading this book I had never heard of the Ziegfeld Follies. The way Sarah Barthel writes about the glamorous and not so glamourous parts of The Ziegfeld Follies lives is intriguing and makes me want to do some serious research! This books captures a lot of things I look for in a good story: family secrets, mystery, a little romance, a little backstabbing, some racial tensions, and danger. I love the family ties that Suzanne and Jada have formed over this mutation bond of a distasteful pa

    Before reading this book I had never heard of the Ziegfeld Follies. The way Sarah Barthel writes about the glamorous and not so glamourous parts of The Ziegfeld Follies lives is intriguing and makes me want to do some serious research! This books captures a lot of things I look for in a good story: family secrets, mystery, a little romance, a little backstabbing, some racial tensions, and danger. I love the family ties that Suzanne and Jada have formed over this mutation bond of a distasteful past. I love how they work together for mutual goals, whether it’s to perform, or solve the mystery. Suzanne and Jada make you feel like no dream is too big to achieve no matter you’re circumstances if you want it bad enough and can overcome the obstacles, whether it be social norms or racial injustice. Ziegfeld Girls is a must read for people who love historical fiction with a taste of suspense and danger.

  • Nancy

    Zigfield Girls gives the reader a ticket to the development and rehearsal of a new Flo Zigfeld show. The author's depiction of cast jealousies and tension felt spot on, but I longed for a look at the colorful costumes and sets the shows were famous for. The pizzaz that made Zigfeld's shows the toast of the town was absent in this book.

    The plot was well conceived and the characters were set up nicely, but I felt like the only relationships that "read true" were that of the two Black women. This f

    Zigfield Girls gives the reader a ticket to the development and rehearsal of a new Flo Zigfeld show. The author's depiction of cast jealousies and tension felt spot on, but I longed for a look at the colorful costumes and sets the shows were famous for. The pizzaz that made Zigfeld's shows the toast of the town was absent in this book.

    The plot was well conceived and the characters were set up nicely, but I felt like the only relationships that "read true" were that of the two Black women. This friendship had heart and substance and their conversations felt like more than just set pieces. The other characters didn't feel complete to me.

    I loved the concept of the book and the New York setting. And, I appreciated the reminder that even in the theater an integrated cast was a very daring departure from the norm in the early 20th Century. These were the strengths of the book, and I just wish that the author had a really demanding editor who urged her to keep writing, keep polishing, and make this book live up to its promise.

    NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily

    (1.5 stars)

  • Cat Jenkins

    There was a potentially interesting opportunity here to explore racism in a unique venue: early 1900s showgirls.

    Unfortunately, the writing was so stunningly bad that there was no hope from page one. How does this get past an editor? How does this get published at all? The worst I've read in a while, and that's saying something when I consider the garbage I've waded through.

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