We Came Here to Shine
Set at the iconic 1939 New York World's Fair, Susie Orman Schnall's We Came Here to Shine is historical fiction featuring two bold and ambitious women who navigate a world of possibility and find out what they're truly made of during a glorious summer of spectacle and potential."An ode to female friendship that pulses with momentum and left me breathless." --Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls "A remarkable novel about the challenges women face and the courage they must summon in order to lead the lives they deserve. --Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House Gorgeous Vivi is the star of the Aquacade synchronized swimming spectacular and plucky Max is a journalist for the fair's daily paper. Both are striving to make their way in a world where men try to control their actions and where secrets are closely kept. But when Vivi and Max become friends and their personal and professional prospects are put in jeopardy, they team up to help each other succeed and to realize their dreams during the most meaningful summer of their lives. Perfect for fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Beatriz Williams, We Came Here to Shine is a story of ambition, friendship, and persistence with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary NY World's Fair.
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On the thrilling backdrop of the 1939 World's Fair, Schnall once again delivers a story both captivating and timely, as two women must struggle to make their way in a male-dominated world in this beautiful novel of friendship and ambition. - Jennifer S. Brown, bestselling author of Modern Girls
Susie Orman Schnall's WE CAME HERE TO SHINE offers readers a perfect escape. It's the absolutely delightful story of Vivi and Max, two young women who are chasing their dreams at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. This novel beautifully illustrates the importance of female friendships and how, at certain times in life, they can help you be strong enough to live the life you've always imagined. In many ways, the third fascinating character in this book is the 1939 World's Fair itself, as Schnall's lush descriptions of the fair's pavilions and amusements leap off of the page. I cannot recommend it enough! -Jane Healey, Bestselling Author of The Beantown Girls
"At its heart, WE CAME HERE TO SHINE pulses with tenacity, ambition, and friendship as two enterprising women find their paths to the future through the power of sisterhood. This wonderful story glows with colorful historical details and delivers a behind-the-scenes ticket to the wonders and woes of New York's 1939 World's Fair." - Elise Hooper, author of Fast Girls, The Other Alcott, and Learning to See
"Set at the wondrous 1939 World's Fair, Orman Schnall's latest bursts like a technicolor movie right off the page, as her two heroines battle for their rights in what's very much a man's world, forging a remarkable bond in the process. An ode to female friendship that pulses with momentum and left me breathless."
--Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls
"We Came Here to Shine is an exceptional work of historical fiction, illuminating the challenges of women in a world that wants to control them. There are conflicts and challenges at every turn, leaving the reader wondering how the characters can emerge from it all. Yet the skillful storytelling of Schnall succeeds at creating an ending that is both surprising and believable. Pick this one up if you enjoy books with friendship, love, struggle, triumph, and a bit of Hollywood in New York." - Camille Di Maio, Bestselling author of The Memory of Us
We Came Here to Shine is a perfectly crafted and dynamic tale of female ambition, professional rivalry, and family secrets, all set against the sensational backdrop of the 1939 New York World's Fair. An unlikely friendship between a struggling Hollywood starlet and a budding female journalist becomes the extraordinary centerpiece of this beautifully-told story, which reveals not only the glamorous and optimistic side of the Fair, but the sordid reality of what goes on behind the scenes. With masterful attention to historical detail, Susie Orman Schnall has gifted us with a remarkable novel about the challenges women face and the courage they must summon in order to lead the lives they deserve. - Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House