Do you remember the best summer of your life?
New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor–a diamond-filled day job replete with Tiffany blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller’s–and the envy of all their friends.
Hart takes us back to the magical time when she and Marty rubbed elbows with the rich and famous; pinched pennies to eat at the Automat; experienced nightlife at La Martinique; and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. Between being dazzled by Judy Garland’s honeymoon visit to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with Cafe society, she fell in love, learned unforgettable lessons, made important decisions that would change her future, and created the remarkable memories she now shares with all of us.
Love Love Love!
What’s not to love about this sweetly written novel, written by an 82-year-old woman who is reminiscing about her summer from 1945 as a Page at Tiffany’s? She was one of the first females they hired and at only 5 years old business that had already well established itself.
Marjorie and Marty are college girls from Iowa on an adventure in New York City to find a job whilst living it up. I really wish that I could be in this set time to see it all happening. It is so lovely written it makes you want to experience it with them and reminds YOU of your college/university days and desires.
We get to hear the author’s experience and during a time when things are a lot more innocent for their age group compared to these days, this novel was just perfect. From going to Balls to learning about work and gaining experiences and seeing which option would be best and having no regrets it is clear to see that Marjorie enjoyed the most of her younger days. I loved the fact there are drawings and images at the back, really capturing mainly Marjorie’s life and learning more about this wonderful woman who appears to have no regrets and has had so many great and positive experiences.
Plus, the fact she managed to have the time of her life and to think happily whilst there was major events going on in America at that time and letting us, generations later know what it was like for someone of that age back then when everything was going on.
This is a story that recaptures the spirit of youth during the best summer of a person’s life. It makes me wonder what things I could have done. It has been a bit of a difficult time for people of my age at university or just past that age during these COVID times when it was at it’s most restricted when we would be having the times of our lives.
Summer at Tiffany is definitely a feel-good novel to re-read when you want to day dream and think of the most perfect summer. I definitely savoured every moment of this novel.