Astor Place Vintage, with Stephanie Lehmann
We are thrilled to bring New York author Stephanie Lehmann to the Marketplace at Pleasant Beach for a special reading with Sash Mercantile! Astor Place Vintage is a great read, weaving the tale of two women nearly a century apart, both involved in the fashion business. This work of feminist literary fiction will capture readers who like their stories with both history and strong characters.
Amanda Rosenbloom, who owns the Astor Place Vintage clothing store in NYC, loves the past and mourns the spread of modern buildings in her East Village neighborhood. While going through some consigned items, Amanda discovers the 1907 diary of Olive Westcott, an upper-class woman who dreamed of becoming a department store buyer. The story switches to the past, with Olive, after her father's death, facing widespread prejudices against women working and supporting themselves economically. Amanda feels an increasing connection to Olive and meets a possible descendant of the diarist, in the process gaining the strength to assert her own emotional independence. Lehmann does a seamless job of moving between the past and present and gives a definite sense of place to the story's two periods, with rich descriptions of city life and architecture.
"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