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Book 68 of 2020 - We Came Here to Shine

Author: Susie Orman Schnall

Publication Date: Jun. 16, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Format: Kindle Book

Started: Aug. 1, 2020

Finished: Aug. 3, 2020

First, this is my second novel by Susie Orman Schnall. I first discovered her when I read The Subway Girls, an amazing book which you should definitely read.

This is the story of Max and Vivi based in Queens, New York. Each has a life trajectory that veers far off course. Vivi is an up and coming starlet in Hollywood who is sent to the World's Fair Aquade to star in their water show. Max is a journalism student at NYU who is hoping for a place at the New York Times but ends up writing for the daily paper of the World's Fair. Each quickly learns that their destiny was to end up there where they did.

Each woman deals with issues pushed upon them by their gender and the way others feel women should behave. Eventually, the women cross paths and become the strength that the other needs to move on with their lives in order to be happy.

The author can be counted on to show the strength of women as individuals and as friends. She also takes events in history that may not be so well known and sets a whole world around them. I have learned about events that occurred in New York where I grew up that I had never heard of and now have had the chance to research.

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