The Briar Club

Kate Quinn

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The Briar Club

The Briar Club

Kate Quinn

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Description

The New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye and The Rose Code returns with a haunting and powerful story of female friendships and secrets in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse during the McCarthy era.

Washington, DC, 1950. Everyone keeps to themselves at Briarwood House, a down-at-the-heels all-female boardinghouse in the heart of the nation's capital where secrets hide behind white picket fences. But when the lovely, mysterious widow Grace March moves into the attic room, she draws her oddball collection of neighbors into unlikely friendship: poised English beauty Fliss, whose facade of perfect wife and mother covers gaping inner wounds; policeman's daughter Nora, who finds herself entangled with a shadowy gangster; frustrated baseball star Beatrice, whose career has come to an end along with the women's baseball league of WWII; and poisonous, gung-ho Arlene, who has thrown herself into McCarthy's Red Scare.

Grace's weekly attic-room dinner parties and window-brewed sun tea become a healing balm on all their lives, but she hides a terrible secret of her own. When a shocking act of violence tears the house apart, the Briar Club women must decide once and for all: who is the true enemy in their midst?

Capturing the paranoia of the McCarthy era and evoking the changing roles for women in postwar America, The Briar Club is an intimate and thrilling novel of secrets and loyalty put to the test.

Critical Reviews

"Compulsively readable, The Briar Club will find eager readers in those who love woman-led historical fiction with rich, appealing characters." -- Booklist (starred review)

"[A] compelling story. This powerful, unforgettable historical mystery is for fans of Mary Anna Evans's Justine Byrne series and stories with strong women characters." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"A stellar historical mystery Quinn elegantly explores issues of race, class, and gender, and brings the paranoid atmosphere of McCarthy-era Washington to vivid life. For Quinn's fans, this is a must." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Quinn's latest continues to uphold her reputation for grasping the complexities, nuances, and dynamism of the past. Really, this book is perfect." -- Literary Hub

"Kate Quinn's The Briar Club not only presents a thrilling mystery, but also, and perhaps more importantly, a cast of characters readers will adore." -- ELLE.COM

Publishing Information

Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Pub date: 2024-07-09
Length: 432 pages

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