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Friday, November 27, 2020

Glimmer As Your Can by Danielle Martin

Glimmer As You Can by Danielle Martin
Published by Alcove Press ISBN 9781643855233
Hardcover, $26.99, 320 pages

If you read Fiona Davis' Chelsea Girls or Jennifer Weiner's Mrs. Everything, Danielle Martin's debut novel Glimmer As You Can is a book to put on your TBR pile. Set in 1962 Brooklyn, it tells the story of three young woman trying to make their way in world that tells them men should make the decisions for them.

Madeline is trying to a make a living owning a dress shop. She is stuck in a horrible marriage with Fred, an awful man who is a powerful councilman in Brooklyn. Fred is a serial cheater, and has embarrassed Madeline more than once. He lives with other women, and only comes home to Madeline when he needs a respectable wife on his arm to squire to social events.

Madeline has poured her heart and soul into the Starlite, her dress boutique, but one bad word from her now ex-husband Fred and she could lose her clientele. At night, she turns the Starlite into a salon/dance club, where women come to read poetry, discuss literature and current events, and dance the night away.

Elaine is a British young woman who has lived through WWII and dreams of working for the Chronicle newspaper. She is living with her boyfriend Tommy, an alcoholic, and her sister Catherine is crashing with them and hopes to make a living as a singer. Tommy is an unemployed wreck who wants Elaine with him day and night. When Elaine gets an interview with the Chronicle, she has to decide if her dreams are worth upsetting Tommy.

She hangs out at the Starlite, reading the poetry she has written. One day she has a chance encounter with Lisa, a stewardess, whose boyfriend Billy was supposed to pick her up at airport and never showed up. Lisa loves traveling to Italy and Beirut and all the exciting places she gets to go, but when she marries Billy, she will have to leave her job. Is that what she wants for her future?

We learn a lot about how women were forced to rely on men in 1962. They had to choose between being married or having a satisfying career- you couldn't have it both ways. The women in this novel were free to be themselves only at their nightly sojourns to the Starlite, where Madeline created an atmosphere of acceptance, creativity, and joy.

When Madeline's ex-husband threatens the existence of the Starlight, the women band together to keep the one place that brings them joy. As a fan of the Brenda Starr comics growing up, I would have liked to have learned more about Elaine's job as a fact checker, I found that part of the story so interesting. Lisa's job as a stewardess in 1962 was intriguing as well. 

The world was changing, and Glimmer As You Can shows us a time when women decided they wanted more and were willing to defy society's expectations to get it.

Thanks to TLC Tours for putting me on Danielle Martin's tour. The rest of her stops are here:

Tuesday, November 10th: @welovebigbooksandwecannotlie

Wednesday, November 11th: @mynovelmenagerie

Thursday, November 12th: @baytownbookie

Friday, November 13th: Amy’s Book-et List and @amysbooketlist

Monday, November 16th: Nurse Bookie and @nurse_bookie

Tuesday, November 17th: Hallie Reads

Wednesday, November 18th: Leighellen Landskov and @mommaleighellensbooknook

Thursday, November 19th: Run Wright and @karen_runwright

Friday, November 20th: @mrsboomreads

Friday, November 20th: @readwithmason

Friday, November 27th: Bookchickdi

Monday, November 30th: @vicireads

Monday, November 30th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Tuesday, December 1st: 100 Pages a Day… Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Thursday, December 3rd: @irishgirliereads

Friday, December 4th: @lyon.brit.andthebookshelf

Monday, December 7th: Girl Who Reads

Tuesday, December 8th: @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

Wednesday, December 9th: Books Cooks Looks

Thursday, December 10th: Eliot’s Eats

Thursday, December 10th: @suethebookie

Friday, December 11th: What is That Book About


Instagram features:

Friday, November 27th: @booksloveandunderstanding

Saturday, November 28th: @lifeinlit

Sunday, November 29th: @babygotbooks13

Sunday, November 29th: @shobizreads

Monday, November 30th: @sweethoneyandbrei

Tuesday, December 1st: @shesalwayswithabook

Wednesday, December 2nd: @the_unwined

Thursday, December 3rd: @megsbookclub

Friday, December 4th: @suzysbookshelf

Saturday, December 5th: @liferhi_inspired

Sunday, December 6th: @giuliland

Monday, December 7th: @bluntscissorsbookreviews

Monday, December 7th: @books_with_bethany

Wednesday, December 9th: @thephdivabooks

Thursday, December 10th: @thebookend.diner

Thursday, December 10th: @readinggirlreviews

Thursday, December 10th: @the.caffeinated.reader

Friday, December 11th: @somekindofalibrary

1 comment:

  1. What a time period, I'm always so fascinated at everything in these years. People were braver and made of sterner stuff, weren't they? Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours