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I loved going back in time to research the historical sections of ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE. Getting a feel for how they lived "back then" helps to make sense out of the way we live now. (To read a topic, hover over the photo and click on the left arrow)

Astor Place Vintage Enhanced

I was so happy when my editor told me I’d...

Bloomingdale’s Yearbook 1915

When I was poking around The New York Public...

Plastic Button World

Plastic is a cheap, synthetic material...

Edwardian Hat Fashion Goes to the Birds

When having a feather in your cap just...

The Rise and Fall of Hats in Women’s Fashion

When did hats become a fashion statement for...

A Brief History of the Fur Muff

In my novel, ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE, the story...


historical novelAstor Place Vintage Cover 98x150 About the Novel*LIBRARY JOURNAL names ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE as a best novel for women readers in 2013.

*ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE is on the KIRKUS REVIEWS 2013 list of best novels for summer reading.

*PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY calls ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE “enchanting” in a starred review.

“In this work of feminist literary fiction… the author combines an impressive knowledge of history, sociology and psychology to create an intellectually and emotionally rewarding story.”Kirkus Reviews

“First-class storytelling with an enticing dose of New York City history.”Publisher’s Weekly

“…vividly captures the atmosphere of early 20th-century Manhattan and seamlessly weaves the past with the present. Readers who like their women’s fiction to combine elements of history and fashion (e.g., Isabel Wolff’s A Vintage Affair and Kate Alcott’s The Dressmaker) will delight in this appealing novel.”Library Journal

“…an addictively readable novel. New York City will never look the same to me after reading ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE.” — Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House

“Insightful, charming, and wholly entertaining.” — Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

“Anyone who loves vintage clothing, feels the pull of nostalgia, and has a taste for retro will be utterly transported by this wise and wonderful novel.” — Pamela Redmond, author of The Possibility of You

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