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Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties

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Vera Abramowitz has just moved out of her mother¿s house, anxiou

Vera Abramowitz has just moved out of her mother’s house, anxious to be on her own. She moved from small-town Illinois to nearby Chicago, and with her beauty, youth, and desire to wear the latest fashion, she quickly becomes the ultimate flapper. Working long hours at t...
Vera Abramowitz has just moved out of her mother’s house, anxious to be on her own. She moved from small-town Illinois to nearby Chicago, and with her beauty, youth, and desire to wear the latest fashion, she quickly becomes the ultimate flapper. Working long hours at two and sometimes three jobs, she barely earns enough to pay her rent. Still, she manages to spend some time at local Speakeasies where the jazz is cool, the booze flows freely, and gangsters plan their next job.




Vera soon catches the attention of two gangsters, Shep Green, who belongs to the North Side Gang run by Dion O’Banion, and Tony Liolli, a member of Al Capone’s South Side Gang. She falls for both men and soon is pregnant and needs to get married fast. Tony knows all about Vera’s relationship with Shep, but Shep knows nothing about there being another man in Vera’s life. The young woman decides that Shep would be a better choice as a husband and father and the two are soon married. While Vera may think her troubles have ended, the Chicago ‘Beer Wars’ have started heating up and with two men, each from opposite sides in the war, Vera is caught right in the middle.




Told in the first person by Vera, a.k.a. ‘Dollface,’ the story takes off at a fast pace. In the early stages, when we first meet Vera, she is a young woman out on her own for the first time. This, I believe, accounts for her naiveté and indecisiveness as regards men. While all those around her knew Shep and Tony were gangsters, it took Vera a while to figure it out. She also couldn’t choose between the more stable, somewhat family oriented Shep and the unreliable, out-for-a-good-time Tony, even when she had a young child to care for. As circumstances changed, however, Vera was forced to mature and this made her a more enjoyable protagonist. As for the other characters, they were well developed and it was such fun to read a 1920s gangster novel from the women’s point of view. While most books and movies of the roaring twenties concentrate on the gangsters, this novel took an interesting turn and made those men peripheral to the real story – the women behind the men. We meet many real, and some fictional, wives and gun molls of famous gangsters, and get a peek into what their lives were like. I loved this aspect of the story and it made for a very quick read.




Quill says: I loved, loved, loved this book. If you want to get lost in the world of 1920s gangsters, prohibition and jazz, don’t miss Dollface!

posted by FeatheredQuillBookReviews on October 27, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Sex, Guns, Booze and a little shpilkes¿¿. On page one, you meet

Sex, Guns, Booze and a little shpilkes…….
On page one, you meet Vera Abramowitz, a few pages later, she is your friend. And a few pages after that, you want to shake her by the shoulders for the choices she makes running from her past. Vera becomes the fulcrum of the ...
Sex, Guns, Booze and a little shpilkes…….
On page one, you meet Vera Abramowitz, a few pages later, she is your friend. And a few pages after that, you want to shake her by the shoulders for the choices she makes running from her past. Vera becomes the fulcrum of the eternal triangle in 1920s Chicago, torn between two men who both love her and are deadly killers. The pages fly by as she learns about love, the Chicago gang wars and making a choice. She grows in experience and wisdom, turning from girl to woman as she makes her way. You’ll find yourself rooting for her, yelling at her and wanting to save her as she learns what it takes to move in the world of Al Capone, Dion O’Bannon and Hymie Weiss.

posted by FWS5550 on November 24, 2013

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    I received this copy through Goodreads First Reads. I LOATHE lo

    I received this copy through Goodreads First Reads.

    I LOATHE love triangles. 
    I LOOOVE period pieces. 
    I LOATHE dependent female leads.
    I LOOOVE mobster movies.

    So it all kind of evened out in the end for me.

    Vera was someone I strongly disliked when she was dependent on others. It wasn't until she was on her own that I started to like her. I really liked the sisterly bond with the other women that still carried the realistic vision that sometimes we just can't stand each other but that's not going to stop us from protecting our circle.

    I loved the gritty parts and all the historical minute details thrown in. I can tell a significant amount of research was used. 

    And I love that someone like Capone was included so discreetly. He seems to be a major character without being a major character without completely destroying any sort of historical correctness. (If that makes sense.)

    Makes me want to read more roaring twenties novels and watch some more gangster movies. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    I¿ve always been one who loves books set in various times throug

    I’ve always been one who loves books set in various times throughout history, so when I came across this book by Renee Rosen, it was no question that I wanted to read it. Dollface is a novel set in the roaring 20s, a time I’ve always been fascinated with.
    I really enjoyed Vera’s character, even though she came across as cocky and arrogant at times, it was hard not to admire the independence she encompassed throughout her journey. This wasn’t a book that just touched on the 20s, but one that took you on a crazy ride through the lives of those who experienced it first hand. I felt emerged in Vera’s world and couldn’t help but feel as though I were walking the streets along side of her and enjoying the wild and exciting lives of a young woman living during the 1920s.
    The visual imagery throughout the book is phenomenal and made you feel as if you were experiencing it first hand. The events throughout the book are ones that will take you on a few twists and turns and even throwing in a few mysteries to the reader. I loved taking this journey with Vera and highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.




    If you do decide to give this book a chance, prepare yourself for a few surprises, laughs, and maybe even a few tears.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Wish there were more like it

    Although I have a great interest in the Roaring Twenties Era, I have to say this was a very good book that kept me reading...didn't want to put it down, and enjoyed the characters as much as the subject matter. This era is an eye opener, especially for young women who think things are changing.....just read and see where we came from....we relive the past in so many ways. Worth it to buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    I don't usually go for historical fiction, but I am so happy I o

    I don't usually go for historical fiction, but I am so happy I opened the door to DOLLFACE. As I read the book I really felt like I was experiencing the world of Vera Abramowitz, the main character. The writing had an effortless feel which led me by the hand into a whole other time and place - just like a great novel is supposed to do! I felt as though I was seeing, hearing and feeling through the eyes, ears and heart of Vera. I hated having to put the book down and could not wait to pick it up and dive in again. Hats off to Renee Rosen for creating an exciting, intriguing story with very memorable characters. DOLLFACE made me feel like I was there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    This novel was not at all what I expected. It was better. I'm a

    This novel was not at all what I expected. It was better. I'm a tough audience and I really didn't think a novel about the twenties would hold my interest, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book really captures the era well, and the manner in which Vera's story unfolds is quite engaging. All in all it was a fun read that ended a bit too soon. As I neared the end of the book I started slowing down to make the story last longer. For me, that's the mark of a great read. I'll miss Vera.

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