The Chelsea Girls – Staff Review – Haley
The Chelsea Girls is a historical fiction novel beginning when Hazel and Maxine meet in Italy while touring with the USO during World War II. Upon returning to the United States, Hazel and Maxine meet once again as they both take up residence in New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel. Together they embark on a journey to put up a Broadway show while facing the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism during the late 1940s and 1950s.
I enjoyed this novel and the bonds of friendship that are explored between the two female leads who narrate the story. Having not lived through the “Red Scare” timeframe the majority of the novel takes place in, I can’t know if it is an accurate reflection of how US citizens were treated. However, from a purely fictional standpoint, it added excitement to the storyline.