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May 11, 2013

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Sirens (Faithful #3) by Janet Fox

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When Jo Winter’s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan, it’s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy’s death. But all that glitters is not gold..

Caught up in the swirl of her cousin’s bobbed-hair set—and the men that court them— Jo soon realizes that the talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly boundless gains are illicit business endeavors, gangsters, and their molls. Jo would much rather spend time the handsome but quiet Charles, a waiter at the Algonquin Hotel, than drape herself over a bootlegger. But when she befriends a moll to one of the most powerful men in town, Jo begins to uncover secrets—secrets that threaten an empire and could secure Jo’s freedom from her family.

Can her newfound power buy her love? Or will it to ruin Jo, and everyone around her?

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Sirens (Faithful #3) by Janet Fox
Publication Date:  November 8, 2012
Publisher:  Speak

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New York City in 1925: Up All Night

 

In one scene in SIRENS Jo goes to a New York speakeasy. She can see that Melody is “up all night” most nights. So were most young people in the cities, which is one reason they were the Roaring Twenties. What was that all about?

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They were the “Roaring Twenties.” It was the decade of “anything goes.” Young girls were nicknamed “flappers” and danced and partied all night long.

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We carry these images of the 1920s because they are true. And New York City was a hotbed of the activity that led to these images – it was, from the title of a forgotten silent film of the decade, “the city that never sleeps.”

So many things contributed to the party-on atmosphere of the 1920s that a complete discussion would take a book (and if you’re curious, check out Anything Goes by Lucy Moore.) But several key contributing factors were Prohibition, the rise of the automobile, the birth of the movies, and a reckless, self-indulgent attitude cultivated in books and movies and adopted by the youth.

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The prohibition of the manufacture, transport and sale of alcohol by the 18th Amendment that became law in 1920 had the opposite of its intended affect. Rather than preventing people from drinking, it encouraged gangsters to step in to traffic in or “bootleg” alcohol. Prohibition also led to the use of “speakeasies” – underground pubs (often literally underground, in basements) where one could buy a drink. Police officers corrupted by easy money looked the other way when alcohol was involved, and backyard distillers made their own “moonshine.”

Because alcohol was illegal and one had to be “in the know” to find it, the illicit activity was exciting and encouraged daring young people to seek out venues that proliferated throughout New York. One society column, penned by the anonymous “Lipstick” (Lois Long), detailed the shenanigans of all-night parties, speakeasy busts, and arrests. Few took Prohibition seriously, which led to a devil-may-care attitude.

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And then there was the automobile. For the first time, a young man and young woman could drive away from parental supervision and spend plenty of time alone. This led to a lot of…well, back then it was called “canoodling.” Old-fashioned Victorian attitudes toward sex gave way to uninhibited behavior, and “petting parties” were common.

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Popular books and movies only reinforced these attitudes. From The Great Gatsby to The Sheik the code was “eat, drink, and be merry;” “live without regret.” Flappers adopted an almost uniform clothing style that not only set them apart from their elders but allowed freedom of movement and exposed a good deal of skin, and actresses like Clara Bow and Colleen Moore epitomized the flapper in a string of movie successes and in their off-screen lives.

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Many other things contributed directly or indirectly to the party-on atmosphere of New York in the 1920s: jazz music, rampant political corruption, increase in the divorce rate, the rise of advertising, the development of cosmetics. Even The Great War and the flu pandemic of 1919 had an impact on this devil-may-care behavior. Regardless of cause, the effect was one of abandoned fun.

And New York City was the epicenter of fun in the Roaring Twenties, all night long.

 

About the Author:

 

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Author of fiction and non-fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Published books:
“Get Organized Without Losing It” (middle grade, Free Spirit Publishing, 2006)
“Faithful” (young adult, Penguin/Speak, 2010)
“Forgiven” (young adult, Speak, 2011)
“Sirens” – young adult fiction from Speak – will be out November 2012.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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9 Comments

  1. Janet Fox
    5/11/2013

    Thank you guys SO much for hosting me here as part of the tour!! Hugs – Janet

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  2. CassandraG
    5/11/2013

    It was an interesting and fascinating time period.

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  3. Christine
    5/11/2013

    I have always had a strange fascination with the ’20s. I loved reading the Great Gatsby in school, and I recently loved reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, set in this time period. There’s something so intriguing and mystical about this time of such extravagance.

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  4. Karen H in NC
    5/12/2013

    I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction and romances but most of what I read was set in the 19th century. Since I became such a huge fan of Downton Abbey, I’ve become interested in stories set in the early part of the 20th century, both in England and America. You book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Meghan Stith
    5/12/2013

    Wow! I can’t WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I wonder what kind of events or people inspired the author while writing this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  6. In the Hammock
    5/13/2013

    i love all of the vintage photos!! can’t wait to read the book!!
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  7. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    5/13/2013

    “They were the “Roaring Twenties.” It was the decade of “anything goes.” Young girls were nicknamed “flappers” and danced and partied all night long.” This was very interesting!! I think it’s so cool that they partied and had just plain out fun!! I would so love to go back in time to the 20’s and just feel all that happiness that they show in their faces.They were living life to the fullest!! Thanks for this amazing giveaway!!!

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  8. Jolene A
    5/18/2013

    The 20’s sound fascinating to read about

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  9. Kamla L.
    5/21/2013

    I always that thought that era was exciting and dangerous. I became fascinated with it through stories such as Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and movies like the Cotton Club. Sirens does sound like it would make a great movie. It’s interesting that a column like the Lipstick’s could be published and not suffer any adverse ramifications from the feds, local police, or the organizations running the speakeasies and other venues.

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