The Trouble With You, a review by Di

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Ellen Feldman

St Martins Press
February 20, 2024
368 pages

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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.

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