THE TROUBLE WITH YOU
St Martins Press
February 20, 2024
This book is set mostly in the 1950s, in New York City. Fanny is a young widow, bringing up a child. She works as a secretary for a company that creates scripts for radio series.
I love the mother-daughter relationship, as well as the relationship Fanny has with an older, very forward-thinking aunt. All 3 characters were realistic. Both of the women are strong, in different ways. Sometimes Fanny is a little too principled for her own good.
I learned some interesting facts about the writing of scripts for radio soap operas. And how sound effects were made. It’s always good to come away from a book with new knowledge.
As a baby boomer myself, I found the values of the era brought back memories. Times have changed.
The McCarthy era plays a part in the storyline. McCarthy was a senator who headed a witch hunt in the US for Communists. Many people in the entertainment industry were affected.
As always, I love the mention of real places in any story. This one included The New York Society Library and Longchamps, a very trendy restaurant. Of course, I had to Google both.
In conclusion, it was a good story, very reminiscent of the times. It was interesting and enjoyable.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.