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Islington Branch Book Club - Past Titles: "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis

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"The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis

  1. How does the setting of the New York Public Library contribute to the atmosphere and themes of the novel?

  2. The story alternates between two timelines. How does this dual timeline enhance or challenge your understanding of the characters and the plot?

  3. Discuss the role of books and literature in the lives of the characters. How does the library itself become a character in the story?

  4. Both characters, Laura and Sadie, face societal expectations and challenges related to their time periods. How do their struggles reflect the broader social issues of their respective eras?

  5. The novel explores themes of feminism, family, and the pursuit of one's passions. How do these themes intersect and influence each other throughout the narrative?

  6. The mystery element in the story adds a layer of intrigue. Were you able to predict the twists and turns, or were you surprised by the revelations?

  7. The title, "The Lions of Fifth Avenue," refers to the library's iconic lion statues. What symbolic significance do these lions hold in the context of the novel?

  8. Discuss the role of art and creativity in the characters' lives. How do their artistic pursuits shape their identities and relationships?

  9. The novel touches on issues of loss and sacrifice. How do the characters cope with these challenges, and what impact do these experiences have on their personal growth?

  10. The library serves as a backdrop for both love stories and historical discoveries. How does the author balance these different elements to create a cohesive narrative?

Fiona Davis has a background in theater and journalism. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as an actress on Broadway, in regional theater, and in television. Additionally, she had a career in journalism, writing for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Davis made her debut as a novelist with "The Dollhouse," published in 2016. The novel is set in New York City and weaves together the stories of women living in the same iconic building across different decades.

Following the success of "The Dollhouse," Davis continued to write historical fiction novels that often explore the history and significance of well-known New York City landmarks. "The Address" (2017) is set at the Dakota apartment building, and "The Masterpiece" (2018) takes place in Grand Central Terminal.

One of Fiona Davis's notable works is "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" (2020), set in the New York Public Library, which delves into themes of family, feminism, and the love of books.

Fiona Davis is praised for her ability to blend historical details with compelling storytelling, creating immersive narratives that transport readers to different eras of New York City's rich history.


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