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We Came Here to Shine (original 2020; edição 2020)

por Susie Orman Schnall (Autor)

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Membro:willowtree1990
Título:We Came Here to Shine
Autores:Susie Orman Schnall (Autor)
Informação:Griffin (2020), 384 pages
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Reading this story, set in Queens during the 1939 World's Fair, gave me a good taste of the scope of such a large event. The book follows the interconnecting stories of two young women. Star Vivi Holden is lent out to the Aquacade production from her movie studio in Hollywood, with the promise of a plum role upon return. Maxine Roth, a journalism student, begrudgingly accepts a summer position with the fair's daily publication, Today at the Fair. The Fair, the gossip and' events, including visits from dignitaries, are very well described between the back and forth narrative and slices of news articles from the fair publication. The way the girls in the Aquacade chose sides and sniped at each other seemed very genuine, as did Max and her family's worries over money at the end of the Depression years. I liked Schnall's nod to her earlier book, The Subway Girls, and how she incorporates the long journey women like these have been taking toward equal workplaces and experiences. ( )
  ethel55 | Jun 4, 2021 |
A fun look at the 1939 New York City World's Fair through the eyes of two young women from different worlds and a chance meet at the Fair. I did not know much about the 1939 Fair and was interested in the story of it and the lives of these young women from page one. I could not put this down and enjoyed it from page one to the end. Engaging characters, great world building, attention to details, makes this a very enjoyable book. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
We Came Here to Sine by Susie Orman Schnall was a highly anticipated 2020 read for me. I love historical fiction novels that focus on relationships between women and the search for equality.

While this book had a wonderful premise, I struggled to fully connect with the characters and really wished for more details into the time and place that this book occurred. While I did learn about some of the aspects of the 1939 World's Fair I was left feeling like I needed more to really set the scene of this novel.

I appreciated the focus on strong women but did come away wishing the storyline felt more layered and nuanced. While the character development was al little lacking for me, I did enjoy this theme of female friendship and this was an easy weekend read.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
We came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall is the story of two women working at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. It is a story of women making their way in a society that is very much male-dominated. This story does not introduce anything really unexpected into the storyline but at the same time does not wrap up into a "lived happily ever" package either. Overall, a light, quick, and entertaining read.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/03/we-came-here-to-shine.html

Reviewed for NetGalley. ( )
  njmom3 | Dec 5, 2020 |
I love historical fiction and "When We Came To Shine" focuses on a subject I haven't read about before - the 1939 World's Fair - and the effect is has on two women's lives.

Vivi is an up-and-coming Hollywood starlet sent by the studio she's contracted with to perform in the Fair's Aquacade water spectacular. Maxine (aka Max) is an NYU student and aspiring journalist assigned a summer internship at the Fair's daily paper. Neither wants to be there but as was often the case for women in the 1930s, men dictated most of what happened in their lives.

I liked both the characters of Vivi and Max and the World's Fair was an interesting backdrop for the novel. Susie Orman Schnall’s writing brought the time period and the Fair to life, and the focus on women finding their voices, fighting for equality and trying to find a balance in their lives was relatable and is applicable now, almost a century later. There were a lot of secondary characters I had a hard time keeping straight and I didn't love all of their subplots but overall this was a quick read that will entertain historical fiction fans.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press, GalleyMatch, and the author for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  ReadingIsMyCardio | Aug 26, 2020 |
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The time has come for me to announce, with solemnity perhaps, but with great happiness, a fact.
I hereby dedicate the World's Fair, the New York World's Fair of 1939.
And I declare it open to all mankind.
---PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, APRIL 30, 1039
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
     ---ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
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