The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Series: Fairytale retellings

A more realistic take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, set in glittering 1920s Manhattan. Jo leads her sisters out of the house each night to dance at the speakeasy. They dance and party, avoiding their father's control until one night when the girls get caught in a raid at their favorite club, the Kingfisher. When they get separated, Jo comes face to face with a familiar bootlegger. The story follows Jo as she navigates personal choices while balancing the pressure of caring for her family. A less magical but still charming spin on the fairytale.

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A reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan.

Jo, the firstborn, “The General” to her eleven sisters, is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother. She is the one who taught them how to dance, the one who gives the signal each night, as they slip out of the confines of their father’s townhouse to await the cabs that will take them to the speakeasy. Together they elude their distant and controlling father, until the day he decides to marry them all off.

The girls, meanwhile, continue to dance, from Salon Renaud to the Swan and, finally, the Kingfisher, the club they come to call home. They dance until one night when they are caught in a raid, separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn’t seen in almost ten years. Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and eleven sisters, but those she must make of herself.

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