Transport yourself to mid-century New York in this compelling and evocative story of secrets, jealousy and hidden love’BOOK OF THE MONTH’ WOMAN & HOME’DAZZLING DEBUT’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING’SUPERLATIVE’ RED’SO VIVIDLY EVOKED’ CLARE CHAMBERS, AUTHOR OF SMALL PLEASURES’I WAS GRIPPED FROM THE FIRST PAGE’ SARA COX ‘BROKE ME, PUT ME BACK TOGETHER. JUST BUY THIS. YOU WON’T REGRET IT’ 5* READER REVIEW 1955In an apartment on the Lower East Side, school teachers Dovie and Gillian live as lodgers. Dancing behind closed curtains, mixing cocktails for two, they guard their private lives fiercely. Until someone guesses the truth . . .
1975Twenty years later in the same apartment, Ava Winters is keeping her own secret. Her mother has become erratic, haunted by something Ava doesn’t understand – until one sweltering July morning, she disappears.
Soon after her mother’s departure, Ava receives a parcel. Addressed simply to ‘Apartment 3B’, it contains a photo of a woman with the word ‘LIAR’ scrawled across it.
Ava does not know what it means or who sent it.
But if she can find out then perhaps she’ll discover the answers she is seeking – and meet the woman at the heart of it all . . .
‘Made me cry, took me to smoke-filled jazz bars, and made me want to dance. A brilliantly written, evocative and moving novel’ ANNA MAZZOLA, AUTHOR OF THE CLOCKWORK GIRL ‘Sad, rage-inducing and uplifting – a very emotional read’ HARRIET TYCE, AUTHOR OF BLOOD ORANGE’I will remember this book for a long time’ LOUISE HARE, AUTHOR OF THIS LOVELY CITY’Not only assured, pacy and involving, but both heartbreaking and heartmending’ HOPE ADAMS, AUTHOR OF DANGEROUS WOMEN**WOMAN & HOME 2022 BOOK CLUB AWARD WINNER**READERS ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH THAT GREEN EYED GIRL’The pacing is perfect, the voice is striking’ 5* READER REVIEW’So well written that you truly feel like you’re there’ 5* READER REVIEW’The ending will floor you’ 5* READER REVIEW’I was blown away by this book! So evocative of the period’ 5* READER REVIEW’It would make a lovely film, with beautiful visuals and a killer jazz soundtrack’ 5* READER REVIEW’Pick it up if you wanted to be transported to mid-century NYC (and if you like a novel that makes you want to dance and weep in equal measure)’ 5* READER REVIEW’This is the kind of book that takes your heart in its hands’ 5* READER REVIEW