|Cover of Astor Place Vintage Paperback|
The depth of research underlying this complex story is impressive, with the specificity of details of early 20th century dress, etiquette, social norms, and landmarks adding authenticity to the tale. (Given the nature of my work in researching costume history, my standards are high!) The inclusion of the tragic but true love triangle of Stanford White, Harry Thaw and Evelyn Nesbit added another layer of historic accuracy, and by the end of the book, I felt like Amanda and Olive might be real.
It has been a long while since I've had time to read fiction. Astor Place Vintage was engaging and well-researched and one of those books that I wished would never end (even though I stayed up late to get to the end). This book is the perfect summer read and would be especially appealing to costume historians, vintage clothing details and history buffs.
Title: Astor Place Vintage
Author: Stephanie Lehmann
Publisher: Touchstone, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Price: US$16.00, Canada $18.99
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