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  • Published: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781524742010
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.99

The Address

Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of the Dakota, New York City's most famous residence.

When a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house the Dakota, leads to a job offer for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility--no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else . . . and is living in the Dakota with his wife and three young children.

One hundred years later, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden, yet Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate; instead, her "cousin" Melinda--Camden's biological great-granddaughter--will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in . . . and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum--a madwoman named Sara Smythe.

A century apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages--for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the nightlife's free-flowing drinks and cocaine--and take refuge in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden--and the woman who killed him--on its head.

  • Published: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781524742010
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.99

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Praise for The Address

A delicious tale of love, lies and madness

People Magazine

The Address is compelling, historically minded fiction with unexpected—and entertaining—twists and turns . . . the novel delights . . .

Ms. Magazine

Lively and detail rich—set against the backdrop of NYC’s infamous Dakota building—with a thread of mystery that makes it easy to enjoy, hard to put down

Family Circle

Spanning over 100 years, Fiona Davis’ mystery is packed with deceit

Us Weekly

Fiona Davis again proves she is the master of the unputdownable novel


On the heels of last year’s The Dollhouse—about life at the Barbizon Hotel—Fiona Davis is back with a compelling novel about two women, a century apart, who both find their lives forever changed by the Dakota, Manhattan’s most famous apartment building

Town & Country

An unforgettable, centuries-spanning tale of life and love in The Dakota, NYC's most famous apartment house


Maid in Manhattan meets The Grand Budapest Hotel


Davis' characters will remind readers that sometimes, we have more in common with strangers than we think

Real Simple

Historically rich and poignant on matters of gender, social and economic in­equality, The Address is old New York at its finest


Fiona Davis delivers her fans a richly layered historical plot that explores the stories and rumors of one of Manhattan’s most prestigious residences: The Dakota. From socialites to failed careers to amazing characters never to be forgotten, this is one of 2017’s most glorious NY-based tales and needs to be enjoyed before summer ends

Brit + Co

Let this evocative novel sweep you away to another time and place


Two women, connected but a century apart, find intrigue and hardship in the Dakota, New York City’s landmark apartment building. Its fascinating history—mixed with romance, family discord and murder—makes this a fast-paced read

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Davis has folded together two historical eras in this breezy historical novel that jumps between Gilded Age and Reagan-era New York City . . . [she] overlays the two histories beautifully . . . The book, rife with historical description and architectural detail, will appeal to design and history buffs alike

Publishers Weekly

With her nimble writing style, Davis makes pithy commentary on gender, social and economic in¬equality in both eras . . . This thought-provoking book makes you wonder what Edith Wharton would have made of these Camdens and pseudo-Camdens. Thankfully, Davis is here to tell us


[A] richly imagined and satisfying read

Mystery Scene Magazine

An evocative and intriguing story of love, class, secrets, and pasts, The Address tells the tale of two very different working women who lived almost a hundred years apart and the mystery that may or may not connect them and link their fates. Set at one of the most historic and glamorous apartment buildings in Manhattan, the book is this summer's perfect beach read

Wendy Lawless, New York Times bestselling author of Chanel Bonfire and Heart of Glass

The Address transported me through the grand doors of the Dakota building, and right into the hearts of its inhabitants. Rich in historic glamour and hugely enjoyable

Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall and The Wilding Sisters

A superb tale, masterfully told, with splendid detail and historical accuracy

Andrew Alpern, author of The Dakota: A History of the World’s Best-Known Apartment Building

Fiona Davis has a genuine flair for deftly created and memorable characters and the use of historical detail to skillfully engage the readers full attention

Midwest Book Review

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