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Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties Paperback – November 5, 2013
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“With the rat-a-tat tempo of a Tommy gun, Rosen delivers a smart and snappy shot of Roaring Twenties drama.”—Booklist
“Renee Rosen has combined her daring and vivid imagination with the rich history of Prohibition-era Chicago. Dollface is a lively, gutsy, romp of a novel that will keep you turning pages.”—Karen Abbott, New York Times Bestselling author of Sin in the Second City
"Rosen, author of the YA novel Every Crooked Pot, has done her homework and written a flashy story that is more than your average gangster noir. Those interested in novels set in the 1920s and all things Gatsby will not be disappointed."—Library Journal (Starred Review)
Top Customer Reviews
In Renee Rosen’s new book, Dollface, we are given a look at this era through the eyes of a “Nice Jewish Girl” who marries into the mob. It’s a love story, it’s a gangland expose, and it’s a great read.
The author has certainly done her homework on Chicago in the roaring 20’s. She also writes in a style that is a pleasure to read.
I recommend this book to men and women alike who want another reason to explore the 1920’s and the gangsters who made them roar.
Prohibition, speakeasies, gangsters, the rich and the poor. DOLLFACE portrays the life of those living in Chicago during this time. No one was exempt from what was going on.
Vera Abramowitz worked in the typing pool of an insurance firm and also as a telephone operator to make ends meet, and she still made next to nothing. She didn't want to do this for her entire life and then met Shep Green, a gangster. She also met Tony Liolli who also was a gangster. She began dating both men, even though she knew she was playing with fire by dating both of them at the same time.
Despite the danger she was putting herself in, she couldn't help herself. Tony was fun, Shep had power, and she didn't want to turn out like her mother....poor and still working in the slaughterhouse. Then something happened and she found out who the "real" man was and who the "real" slacker was.
DOLLFACE is written in an easy style that grabs you as you want to learn more about this time period. The characters are definitely authentic, and the activity at that time appears to be right on.
You will love following Vera from rags to riches and then through a rough time, but Vera was tough. You will be shocked at what she does as a woman in the 1920's as well as bite your fingernails as you see what risky things she gets herself into. Vera carries this fabulous story along even though it is difficult to like her or to agree with what she does.
I really enjoyed DOLLFACE. The reality of events was terrific. The author captured the perfect picture of this time period and did excellent research.
You will want to read this book if you are a fan of historical fiction and more specifically the 1920's. It was a great read. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
I love pretty much anything dealing with the 1920's; the time period appeals to the rebel, rule-breaker in me. With the momentum of the Suffrage Movement and the 19th Amendment propelling them forward, women were finally beginning to demand attention separate from the men they were related or married to. There was jazz. There were flappers and mobsters. And there was fabulous excess. And Dollface has all of those things, though I wish it had more of them and that they appeared sooner in the story arc. The second half of this novel saved the read for me - but I do think wading through the first half, filled with weak women and love triangles, is worth it to get to the pay off at the end.
Dollface follows the young and idealistic Vera Abramowitz as she navigates (sometimes successfully and sometimes not so much) the New York scene in the days of prohibition and organized crime. She's moved out of her mother's house as soon as she possibly can and is one of the faceless many in the secretarial pool at an office downtown. She's sharing a room in town with her best friend and determined to make it on her own. And she's attracted the attention of two men and can't decide if she should think with her head or her libido.
My main problem with Dollface is with the first half of the novel. In that first half, Vera is independent in claim only. She is weak-minded, easily lead, believes that she's a strong independent woman, but falls short of that description time after time. The plot is primarily focused on Vera's inability to decide between the attentions of two rival mobsters.Read more ›
If you want that book that keeps you on your toes, this book is it. Only be warned.....you won't want to put it down and you will miss the characters once you finish the book. You will feel like you just lost contact with your best friends! Can't wait to read her next book!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I went into the book with no expectations, I didn't read reviews or anything. I love the 20's era! And I loved this book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Author did a good job of blending historical facts into this fictional novel.Published 4 months ago by Rosa
Dollface was a fun journey through Chicago in the height of the roaring Twenties! Gangsters, turf wars, and speakeasy's were the backdrop for Vera's love affairs with two men... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dana
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down! It's a must read if you love the 1920s or want to imagine the mobster wife or "gun moll" life style.Published 10 months ago by Robin Shane
LOVED this book! if you're into the whole roaring twenties and mob scene, you will like this story. Highly recommend it!Published 10 months ago by natasha