Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Park Avenue Summer” by Renee Rosen, Berkley, April 30, 2019
Renee Rosen, Author of “Park Avenue Summer” has written an intriguing, captivating, enlightening and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The time-line of this story is 1965, and takes place in New York City. The author describes her characters as ambitious, competitive, complex and complicated. I love the way the author vividly describes her characters and landscape in this story.
This reminds me of “Mad Men” and also the women’s movement in the sixties. Alice Weiss, wants to be a photographer and leaves her small town to arrive in New York looking for a job. Alice goes to a friend of her late mother who sends her to work for Helen Gurley Brown, the first female Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Helen Gurley Brown’s responsibility is to bring the failing magazine back to life. Alice helps assist Helen, and is witness to the competition, betrayals, and difficulty still in a business that is still run by men. There seem to be reasons why certain people want to sabotage the magazine. Soon Alice is not sure who is her friend, and who will betray her.
I appreciate that Renee Rosen brought us back to the sixties, and the memories that I have of that period. I would highly recommend this wonderful novel to readers who enjoy Historical Fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.