Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
On her wedding night, Cordelia Grey catches the last train to leave Union, Ohio. With her is her slight but talented friend Letty Haubstadt. Their destination is the end of the line: fabulous, roarin’ New York City. Both girls are escaping their boring, unhappy lives in Ohio and fleeing to New York where they hope to find what they are looking for. Cordelia seeks her father, whom she believes to be the infamous bootlegger Darius Grey. Letty wants nothing more than a microphone before her, a dazzling dress to wear and an enraptured audience to sing to. Set in New York City in the final year of the Roaring Twenties, Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things focuses on three young women who, like the rest of the United States, are on the verge of a terrible encounter with reality.
Cordelia and Letty soon separate when a heated fight ends in the two of them getting kicked out of their boarding house and heading in separate directions out on the street. Enter Astrid, the daughter of a thrice-married, partying mother, living a life of privilege and frivolity. There being no need to work for what she wants--let alone needs--her life is a blur of parties, shopping sprees, whimsical decision-making and her boyfriend, Charlie. Her story intertwines with Cordelia’s at a party when she befriends the new girl and takes her under her wing.
As Cordelia and Astrid enjoy the good times to be had among the wealthy society of New York City, Letty moves in with three other girls attempting to make it big in show business. She works six nights a week and learns that talent is not exactly the only currency in show biz. Sex and lies seem to serve as far better tools for everyone else.
After a murder, an almost strip-tease and a one-night stand, the three girls are joined together in grief, hurt and a complete disorientation with the world as they had once known it. But to look at the three of them standing together, one would only see three fabulous, bright, young things. Anna Godbersen’s new series holds the same enthralling, can’t-put-it-down, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened qualities as her first series, The Luxe, set in decadent 1899 Manhattan. The reader will catch that same fascination with NYC that Godbersen clearly expresses in her writing. In addition, her rich, detailed descriptions of the fashion and hair styles never fail to entertain. Fans of the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars series will particularly enjoy them.