The Address

The Address

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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 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 Theordore Camden, yet Bailey won't see a dime of the family's substantial estate; instead, her "cousin" Melinda--Camden's biological 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, even though the remodel 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
ISBN: 9781524742010
1524742015
9781524741990
152474199X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Dav
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 24 cm

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brigpa1
Nov 19, 2017

I really liked this book. At first it was a little slow as it set up the plot but once it got going I couldn't wait to get back to it.

ontherideau Nov 14, 2017

The Address is worth reading for a glimpse of The Dakota and the Blackwell Insane Asylum, both real and in stark contrast to each other in terms of architecture and residents.
Both buildings are online, interesting to see photos of them now.
Various threads of plot are neatly tied in a bow at the end.

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heidijoemonty
Nov 09, 2017

This was a great mystery- wouldn't call it historical fiction. I feel like too much of the story is in the book description on the cover, though. I pretty much knew how it was going to end but I was surprised by one little insignificant twist that should have had more weight. Anyway, still an entertaining read to see how all the pieces of the mystery come together.

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FASTEYES
Oct 03, 2017

Good read! Followed The Dakota Apartments 1885 and 1985--lives of 2 women that lived there. Great description of life in the 1885 year. So glad to be living now!

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weezie1
Sep 08, 2017

Oh my gosh!! This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Was a great and loving storyline and the characters in the novel were well played out. I could not put this book down... a must ready for all you that want to be inspired by a great story. I will definitely be reading more of Fiona's work. Read this novel Sept 2017

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ronandlynda
Aug 24, 2017

Featured in People Picks August 2017 (People Magazine)

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EmilyEm
Aug 23, 2017

Two timelines—1885 and 1985—recount the opening and ongoing stories at New York City’s famed Dakota apartments at Central Park West. So predictable. Historical fiction bordering on chicklit! I so wanted to like this.

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