That Green Eyed Girl
Be transported to mid-century New York in this evocative and page-turning debut
An evocative, page-turning debut about jealousy, loyalty, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love
1955: In an apartment on the Lower East Side, school teachers Dovie and Gillian live as lodgers. Dancing behind closed curtains, mixing cocktails for two, they guard their private lives fiercely. Until someone guesses the truth . . .
1975: Ava Winters is keeping her own secret. Her mother has become erratic, haunted by something Ava doesn't understand - until, one sweltering July morning, she disappears.
After her mother's departure, Ava receives a parcel. If she can discover where it came from, she may find her answers - and meet the woman at the heart of it all. . .
Praise for That Green Eyed Girl
The mystery at the heart of this novel had me hooked from the start. I spent a weekend sitting in 1950s bars, listening to jazz with Gillian and Dovie, then skipping ahead twenty years to walk the same streets with Ava, remembering the awkwardness of being a teenager. Heartbreaking but with a satisfying ending, I will remember this book for a long timeLouise Hare, author of <i>This Lovely City</i>
Not only assured, pacy and involving, but both heartbreaking and heartmendingHope Adams, author of <i>Dangerous Women</i>
I've spent the whole day reading this mesmerising book. Such a devastating, gripping story and stunning, powerful writing. Once I started I just could not stopAliya Ali-Afzal, author of <i>Would I Lie to You</i>
Loved this . . . I was gripped from the first page and eked out the last chapters as I didn't want to leave the smoky clubs of 1950's Manhattan. A stellar line-up of brave, complicated and bright women . . . prepare to lose yourself in a tale of love, loss and deceitSara Cox, Radio 2 DJ and host of BBC 2's Between the Covers
I so enjoyed That Green Eyed Girl. The atmosphere of city heat and dust and stifling apartments was so vividly evoked. And I was equally invested in both narrative strands . . . I was hooked from the beginningClare Chambers, author of <i>Small Pleasures</i>
This book ... wow. So beautifully written, you feel you're there in New York, feeling everything the characters feel. A very original story that will stay with me for a long timeFrances Quinn, author of <i>The Smallest Man</i>
I've just spent a couple of days in mid-century Manhattan, dancing in underground jazz clubs and feeling the sweat of summer on my skin . . . A smoky page-turnerJodie Chapman, author of <i>Another Life</i>
I loved this. Dovie and Ava are both such compelling characters and the evocation of time and place so strong - I was irresistibly drawn into their stories. Sad, rage-inducing and uplifting - a very emotional readHarriet Tyce, author of <i>Blood Orange</i>
Wonderful . . . utterly transported me to the jazz bars and stuffy apartments of New York, while telling a moving and compelling story about a time in history I knew little aboutNeema Shah, author of <i>Kololo Hill</i>
The pacing is perfect, the voice is striking. Highly recommend.Nikki May, author of <i>Wahala</i>
A poignant coming of age and a gorgeously romantic and tragic queer love storyIsabel Costello, author of <i>Paris Mon Amour</i>
That Green Eyed Girl takes hold of you and draws you along. I loved the little connective details between the timelines and the unravelling of the gentle mystery of it all. Hits a perfect bittersweet note - I predict big thingsKate Sawyer, author of <i>The Stranding</i>
I so enjoyed [That Green Eyed Girl]. I loved the evocation of NYC, the jazz, and the two storylines . . . so compellingMelissa Fu, author of <i>Peach Blossom Spring</i>
Made me cry, took me to smoke-filled jazz bars, and made me want to dance. A brilliantly written, evocative and moving novelAnna Mazzola, author of <i>The Clockwork Girl</i>
A cracking read. Compelling and stylish. I'll be thinking about Ava, Dovie and Gillian for a long timeClaire Alexander, author of <i>Meredith, Alone</i>
Heartbreaking, multi-layered and thoughtfully written, this is a book that stays with you for all the right reasonsCulturefly, 'Books To Look Forward To'