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“The Masterpiece:” NYC’s Grand Central as One of the Stars

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Today’s radiant Grand Central Terminal belies the nadir of its seventh decade when decay, crime, and overreaching developers threatened its existence. Thanks to the genius of landmark preservationists and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the building was rescued and restored to its original beauty during the 1980s. The iconic Manhattan train terminal – specifically the Grand Central School of Art, part of an artists’ cooperative that was founded in 1924 and occupied much of the sixth floor of the building – is the star of The Masterpiece (Dutton), Fiona Davis’s third novel about New York City.  A romantic thriller about art and architecture, it is set against the unlikely backdrop of two of our nation’s most dispiriting eras:  the Great Depression of the…

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Author Fiona Davis Shares the Secrets to Her Writing Success

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Last year, author Fiona Davis published her wonderful debut, The Dollhouse, rich in history about the Barbizon Hotel in NYC. Keeping with iconic Manhattan landmarks, her fabulous new release, The Address is set in alternating timelines; in the late 1800s during the building of the Dakota, the architecturally stunning residence on the upper west side of Manhattan: Sara, a housekeeper at a fancy London hotel meets Theo, the talented NYC architect. He takes a job at the newly built Dakota, and craziness ensues. Their budding relationship remains hidden from his wife and children as they bond, it turns passionate and a crime is committed. In 1985, fresh out of rehab and penniless, designer Bailey, a descendant of the wealthy Dakota architect,…

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Fiona Davis Examines the Destructive Lure of Technology in Allegra Goodman’s ‘The Chalk Artist’

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Critically-acclaimed author Allegra Goodman takes a deep dive into the world of virtual reality gaming from multiple perspectives in her new novel, The Chalk Artist. While the choice of subject may at first seem curious, she’s created complex characters who offer crossover appeal to fans of both literary fiction and YA, and is sure to set off sparks in book clubs and conversations. Collin, the artist of the title, is struggling to find his place in the world. When not working as a waiter, he designs magical sets for an itinerant theater company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His forte is drawing on blackboards, creating ephemeral art that disappears with the wipe of an eraser. His romantic interest, Nina, is a first-year…

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