1950's, Australia, department stores, employees, female friendship, novels of manners, Sydney (N.S.W.), women, women's clothing industry
Set in the late 1950’s, this novella offers readers a glimpse of the lives and relationships of four women who work for a Sydney department store. Readers will find here a thoughtfully written and gentle story filled with hope.
“The book I most often give as a gift to cheer people up.” —Hilary Mantel
“Like the deceptively simple (but perfectly crafted) little black dress, this delicious and sly masterpiece works its magic from the very first sentence. Once you slip into its folds– full of hope and new beginnings, of luck and laughter and love– I dare you not to catch yourself smiling, and wanting to twirl, for days and days and days.” –Sarah Blake, author of The Guest House and The Postmistress
“Funny and light, this story moves quickly as each character navigates the 1950s-era challenges of being a working woman in a male-dominated society with limited options for the happily ever after they all strive for.” —Booklist
“A striking debut novel of wit, charm, female friendships and universal dreams… a delightful and uplifting slice-of-life view.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review