"Short Stories: Five Decades": While this whole book is great, I love it most for the story "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses," which, among other things, captures that moment when the weather turns warm for the first time in New York and women break out their summer fashions for the first time. I first read this when a friend sent it to me after I told him I always go out and buy a new dress at this time of year, purely for the ceremony of it.
Great first book in a series by Jacqueline Winspear! A rags to riches story of a female PI in early 20th century Britain. Note a very realistic portrait of the experience of WWI and its aftereffects on both the inner life and the life of an entire nation. Sweet characters, vivid descriptions and a love interest.
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