Historical fiction

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall

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I never took to New York like most people do (granted I was only there for two years). Despite that fact, it would be silly to refute the point that it is a very unique place and has enough colours to paint the most vivid picture in terms of stories. This book was one such engaging story. The story has one foot in the past, 1949 to be precise and another in 2018. Each tale is told by a single minded woman of the trials in her daily life and there is a small thread that connects them by chance and we can see how one reflects the other.

Charlotte is at start of actual adulthood and is search of a job which is not just within the limited scope of what is permitted by the rules binding woman in 1949. She stumbles by chance into participating for a position as a ‘Miss Subways’, something which I had no idea about but was fascinated enough to read up on.In the present we have Olivia who is having her own battles to wage and is trying to find a good way to keep her head above water. There are marked similarities in what causes trouble in a young person’s life in the city but at the same time showing some hope, with the future being just a bit brighter and worth fighting for. There is a bit of suspense and guessing involved, focus of chauvinism and a lot of other things that come as a part and parcel of some women’s daily existence. The ups and downs of relationships are also very realistically discussed. It was a good read and I would definitely recommend it.

I am glad I got a chance to read an ARC via NetGalley

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