The Lions of Fifth Avenue
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis is set in the New York Public Library. From the very first description of the library I was hooked. I, of course, had to immediately do some research about the library. I love a book that is written about real places and/or people. Although the people in this book are complete fiction the library itself does actually exist to this day. I hope I get the chance to visit it someday.
The story begins with Laura Lyons in 1913. Her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library and they, with their two children, actually live in an apartment inside the grand library. Laura wants a bigger life than that of a housewife and to this end she attends the new Columbia Journalism School. Through her studies she is introduced to the Heterodoxy Club whose mission is to bring to light their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights.
This story is told in two parts. The second is told by Sadie. Eighty years later she is the curator of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library and Laura’s granddaughter. While Sadie is putting together an exhibit for the library, manuscripts, notes, and books begin to disappear. While she searches to find these items and return them to the library she finds that items were also stolen while her grandparents lived at the library. And so the mystery begins.
I enjoyed this book so much, I actually finished it in two days. I simply couldn’t put it down. There were several twists in the story that I never would have guessed. Every time a new element was added I HAD to find out what happened next. Make sure you have plenty of free reading time before picking up this book.
This is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Davis and I’m looking forward to reading more of her works. Is there a book you’ve read that led you to read other works by the same author?