The It Girls: A Novel

The It Girls: A Novel

by Karen Harper


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ISBN-13: 9780062567772
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 576,194
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author KAREN HARPER is a former Ohio State University instructor and high school English teacher. Published since 1982, she writes contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women. Two of her recent Tudor-era books were bestsellers in the UK and Russia. Harper won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for Dark Angel, and her novel Shattered Secrets was judged one of the best books of the year by Suspense Magazine.

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The It Girls: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read! The lives of these two sisters was amazing!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quote: Not that I’d like to be a man, but that I’d like to be a woman and not have to act like one. My Review: Color me an ignoramus, as I did not realize I was reading a book about real people when I started in. I was nearly through the book when I had to stop reading and Google them to be sure - I just had to! While they weren’t model citizens by any means, the Sutherland sisters made a profound impact on society of their time which continues to influence ours. I had heard the term “It girl” before, and one of the sisters was responsible for coining it. The other sister was responsible for creating and promoting the use of comfortable women’s underwear and more fluid and feminine women’s clothing – so we should all give thanks and kiss our silks and lace for that alone. Both women were highly ambitious, driven, self-centered to a fault and made some horrifically bad choices, but well, haven’t we all? I know I have and am ever so thankful that mine were not documented by a reporter’s lens. Ms. Harper has chronicled the sisters in an entertaining, intriguing, and colorful manner from their childhood sneak of hiding under a dressing table to catch a glimpse of Lily Langtry on the island of Jersey, through their unfortunate marriages and convention-shattering careers. I cannot imagine the massive amount of research she had to have combed through to pull all this together. The morals of the time seemed contradictory but, not my culture or my problem, but I found it odd that adultery, bankruptcy, alcoholism, sloth, and abandonment were viewed as less damning to a reputation than divorce, but those were the times.