The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of New York City ran a ridership campaign from 1941 - 1976 which featured The Subway Girls. This fictionalized novel focuses on the July 1949 winner while also following the struggles of an advertising creative woman who is presenting a new campaign idea to MTA in 2018.
Both women's lives are fascinating in how things were, things are, in relationship to working women in society, but also in how alike choices can be.
All of the characters are well-developed and easy to love for their variety of temperaments, even when they aren't lovable you can relate.
This book was such a joy to read and will most certainly be in many a beach bag this summer. Olivia (2018) and Charlotte (1949) are in dual storylines that are destined to instersect at some point. The story pivots on the Subway Girls contests that took place in NYC for many years. I had never heard of them and now I really need to visit the New York Transit Museum when am in NYC for a visit.
In addition to highlighting this unusual piece of history, we also realize that the more things change the more they stay the same. Women in 1949 had many of the same challenges in their lives that we have in 2018. What a great reminder to get to know the older women in our lives and learn from them.
This would make a delightful book group read. At a recent meeting of a book group I attend, there was a fellow member asking for a new historical fiction book that did not take place during WW II. At that time I could not recommend one. Now I can!
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." -- Henry David Thoreau
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