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Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties

por Renée Rosen

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America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman--the flapper. Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname "Dollface."  As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago's infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.  The heady life she's living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  READERS GUIDE INCLUDED… (mais)
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This was a very engaging read. The time period and the landscape, not the mention the characters were well drawn. ( )
  Kiri | Dec 24, 2023 |
After reading many of this author's later works, I must say that I might not have ever read another by Ms. Rosen if I had started with this book. And that would have been a great shame because her later works are just incredible.

I'm not too thrilled with some of the cliches used in this book. I can see why she had to use them, but I still didn't like it. I most especially did not like the sex, cheating on her man/men, the lying, and the physical abuse. I understand that this was a totally different period. I admit that I did love learning about this, the St. Valentine's day massacre, Prohibition, and of all of the 'mob' (Italian and Jewish) history of Chicago. But what really got me and that I hated is that Vera was just such a spineless, bland character. Vera honestly had nothing going on for her except for what was between her legs.

I am giving this 2.5 stars rounded up due to the rating system here because I did want to see how this book ended, and I was able to plow through it...slowly, but I finished it.

Oh, and be aware that there is a ton of violence-naturally since this is a Mob novel! ( )
  Cats57 | Jun 2, 2021 |
Dollface is set amid the gangsters of Chicago in the Roaring ´20s, when Prohibition was raging and the good times were non-stop. Eighteen-year-old Vera Abramowitz leaves home determined to make her own way and find that good time wherever she can. It doesn’t take long before the she attracts the attention of not one, but two gangsters on opposite sides of the bootlegging business. Despite her eventual marriage to Shep Green, she also has a relationship with Tony Liollo,a Capone gangster and opponent to the rival North Side Gang her husband belongs to. She continues to see him even after she is married.

This book was very interesting but the flighty, often immature Vera got on my nerves several times as she tried to protect herself and her child in a world of danger. She was constantly making poor choices. The author’s use of fictional characters incorporated into the bootlegging world of Chicago brings the era perfectly to life. If you like books about the Roaring 20's, filled with great storylines, fascinating characters. violence, sex, betrayal and risk, this book is an excellent choice.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. ( )
  cjordan916 | Jul 31, 2016 |
Dollface is set amid the gangsters of Chicago in the Roaring ´20s, when Prohibition was raging and the good times were non-stop. Eighteen-year-old Vera Abramowitz leaves home determined to make her own way and find that good time wherever she can. It doesn’t take long before the she attracts the attention of not one, but two gangsters on opposite sides of the bootlegging business. Despite her eventual marriage to Shep Green, she also has a relationship with Tony Liollo,a Capone gangster and opponent to the rival North Side Gang her husband belongs to. She continues to see him even after she is married.

This book was very interesting but the flighty, often immature Vera got on my nerves several times as she tried to protect herself and her child in a world of danger. She was constantly making poor choices. The author’s use of fictional characters incorporated into the bootlegging world of Chicago brings the era perfectly to life. If you like books about the Roaring 20's, filled with great storylines, fascinating characters. violence, sex, betrayal and risk, this book is an excellent choice.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman--the flapper. Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname "Dollface."  As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago's infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.  The heady life she's living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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