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"Davis's impeccably structured debut is equal parts mystery, tribute to midcentury New York City, and classic love story . . . Darby and Rose, in alternating chapters, weave intricate threads into twists and turns that ultimately bring them together; the result is good old-fashioned suspense."
Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Fans of Suzanne Rindell’s Three-Martini Lunch will enjoy this debut’s strong sense of time and place as the author brings a legendary New York building to life and populates it with realistic characters who find themselves in unusual situations.”
Library Journal

The Dollhouse is a thrilling peek through a window into another world — one that readers will savor for a long time”
Associated Press

"Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down."
— People

“Clever and full of twists and it’s very hard to put this novel down. . .very well done, a story well told.” —New York Journal of Books

“You won't be able to guess the next sentence, let alone the utterly unnerving conclusion, in this stunner.”
Working Mother magazine

“Davis paints a scene of Darby’s 1950s glamour for her audience that’s a smart juxtaposition to Rose’s modern-age New York, jumping between time periods clearly with often elegant prose.
New York Daily News

“A zippy plot and [a] refreshing focus on the lives of women many would overlook.”
The Dallas Morning News

“Davis delivers a fast-paced, richly-imagined debut that's almost impossible to put down.”  Kathleen Tessaro, author of The Perfume Collector

“The ghosts of the famed NYC women's hotel come to life in The Dollhouse. Davis expertly weaves together the stories of several women who lived in the Barbizon during its heyday in the 1950s, and the broken-hearted journalist who decides to get the ‘scoop’ on a decades-old tragedy that happened in the building. A fun, page-turning mystery.”
Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch

“An ode to old New York that will have you yelling for more seasons of Mad Men.”
The New York Post

"Rich in both twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down.” —People Magazine, Book of the Week

“In her page-turning debut, Fiona Davis deftly weaves the storylines of two women living at the famed Barbizon hotel for women, where stars like Joan Crawford, Grace Kelley, and Sylvia Plath lived while getting their start. . .Davis alternates the chapters between each woman until the twists and turns of their respective storylines ultimately weave together, upping the anticipation along the way.”

“Set in the 1950s against the glitzy backdrop of N.Y.C.'s Barbizon Hotel, where a fleet of women stay to pursue careers as models, secretaries, and the like, this suspenseful novel about a woman who took a decidedly different path—and the journalist who wants to uncover her secrets—will quicken your pulse.”

“Fiona Davis’s The Dollhouse is a quick, fun read with a pleasing element of mystery wrapped up in a truly unique and intriguing setting."
Chicago Review of Books

“Highly readable, The Dollhouse conjures up 1950s New York convincingly. In particular the now-vanished world of the Barbizon Hotel for Women, with its antiquated rules and intriguing array of female personalities and tragic fates, lives on in the pages of the novel in delectable detail ... the reference to Austen and Brontë, whose novels Darby reads, tells us that this is no mere ‘chick-lit,’ but feminist-inspired entertainment.” —Historical Novel Society

“Two coming-of-age stories rolled into an ode to New York City and the young women — of past and present — who have tried to forge lives and careers there. Poetic, romantic, crushing, and soulful.”
Jules Moulin, author of Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes

“Multigenerational and steeped in history, The Dollhouse is a story about women–from the clicking anxiety of Katie Gibbs' secretaries to the willowy cool of Eileen Ford's models, to honey-voiced hatcheck girls and glamorous eccentrics with lapdogs named Bird. Davis celebrates the women of New York's present and past – the ones who live boldly, independently, carving out lives on their own terms.”
Elizabeth Winder, author of Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953