This week, Carol talks to Fiona Davis, who returns for a second “Bookreporter Talks To” interview discussing her latest book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue. As with her other four books, Fiona focuses on a landmark building in New York City. This time it’s a building I’m sure we’d all love to spend years roaming around, the New York Public Library. She was drawn to set a book there after she learned a family lived in a seven-room apartment in the library during its early years.
Once again she is writing in two time frames, beginning in 1913, when her character Laura Lyons and her family live in the library’s apartment. Fiona weaves Laura’s story in with that of her granddaughter, Sadie Donovan, who has assumed a role as the curator the library in 1993. As famous and rare manuscripts disappear, Sadie uncovers what may be the biggest tragedy in the history of the library.
Fiona shares the long history of the library along with details most New Yorkers haven’t even heard about, as well as a few secrets she wasn’t able to add into the book. She’s included some vintage photos in the video interview, so podcast listeners should tune in their as well.
Books discussed in this episode:
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
See our first video with Fiona here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ccKdaPl_fs
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