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Astor Place Vintage

by Stephanie Lehmann

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Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
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  • Published Jun 2013
    416 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she's on just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. Olive was set on pursuing a career as a department store buyer in an era when Victorian ideas, limiting a woman's sphere to marriage and motherhood, were only beginning to give way to modern ways of thinking.

As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she's connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.

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"Starred Review. First-class storytelling with an enticing dose of New York City history." - Publishers Weekly

"The author combines an impressive knowledge of history, sociology and psychology to create an intellectually and emotionally rewarding story." - Kirkus

"A thoroughly engaging story about fate, struggle, and will, as told through the intertwined lives of two women in New York living a century apart. Past and present blur in unexpected ways in this insightful, charming, and wholly entertaining novel." - Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

"Lehmann's blend of past and present perfectly woven together create an addictively readable novel. New York City will never look the same to me after reading Astor Place Vintage." - Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House

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Stephanie Lehmann

Stephanie Lehmann received her BA at UC Berkeley and a MA in English from New York University. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and online at Salon.com, where her essays have been published. She currently lives in New York City.

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