Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
NAL / November 5, 2013 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital
America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.
When Vera “Dollface” Abramowitz captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler, she enters w a world filled with bootleg bourbon and money to burn. Vera 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 – shattering Vera’s life and sending Chicago hurtling toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The most delicious aspect of jazz-age novels is that they offer the perfect setting for passion-seeking, independent heroines who get themselves into a whole lot of trouble.
Renée Rosen’s Dollface offers just that kind of complex, fascinating leading lady with Vera Abromowitz, an eighteen-year-old, newly independent young woman living with her best friend in 1924 Chicago. Vera, an only child, was raised to be a nice Jewish girl in Brighton Park. But any hope that she would have a normal life was dashed when she was four years old, the year her father’s body was found behind a saloon: “His head, hands and feet were missing. Butchered like an animal.” The murder, an act of organized crime, cast a pall of fear over her entire childhood.