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Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties

by Renee Rosen

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Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. ( )
  cjordan916 | Jul 31, 2016 |
Dollface is set amid the gangsters of Chicago in the Roaring ´20s, when Prohibition was raging and the good times were non-stop. Eighteen-year-old Vera Abramowitz leaves home determined to make her own way and find that good time wherever she can. It doesn’t take long before the she attracts the attention of not one, but two gangsters on opposite sides of the bootlegging business. Despite her eventual marriage to Shep Green, she also has a relationship with Tony Liollo,a Capone gangster and opponent to the rival North Side Gang her husband belongs to. She continues to see him even after she is married.

This book was very interesting but the flighty, often immature Vera got on my nerves several times as she tried to protect herself and her child in a world of danger. She was constantly making poor choices. The author’s use of fictional characters incorporated into the bootlegging world of Chicago brings the era perfectly to life. If you like books about the Roaring 20's, filled with great storylines, fascinating characters. violence, sex, betrayal and risk, this book is an excellent choice.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Vera and Evelyn are best friends and are desperate to escape their family homes and live an exciting life. The two work together and live together, so naturally they party together. This is how they come to be hanging out at speakeasies during the prohibition. Vera meets Tony as she is trying to escape a raid on a nightclub. Then she meets Shep, who starts to woo her. The men are from rival gangster groups in Chicago. Vera has some big decisions to make.

She is drawn into the gangster lifestyle, hangs out with her gangster moll girlfriends, and gets herself into all sorts of strife. Deep down she is very confused. The friendships she develops with the other women are interesting, as are the women themselves.

This was a really good read. Regardless whether I though Vera's decisions were good or bad, she had some very good qualities that ensured my ongoing interest in what happened to her. ( )
  Roro8 | Apr 19, 2015 |
I received this from first reads for a honest review. I was quickly engrossed in the world of gangsters., gun molls, flappers and speakeasies. At times I was left shaking my head at Vera's actions but she did mature immensely by the end of the book. I loved Vera's friendship with Evelyn and how they had each other's back no matter what. ( )
  amym53 | Jul 2, 2014 |
Vera wants an exciting life, anything but "nice and boring." She gets her wish, but it turns out that after running away from taking over the family's slaughterhouse, she ends up in a business that might as well be an abattoir for all the blood shed.

It's a work of historical fiction, and the author stays fairly close to actual people/timelines connected to organized crime in 1920s Chicago, but the main characters are all invented. Vera and her men are interesting enough to want to find out what happens, but I never really cared what happened to any of them other that Vera's daughter (basically everyone else in this book was busy digging their own grave and deserved whatever they got.)

I enjoyed this book, and especially liked it in light of having just read The Other Typist, another Prohibition themed book that was set in New York and a little more literary. This was a much lighter read. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451419200, Paperback)

America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.” 

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose. 

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. 

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Vera Abramowitsz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname "Dollface." As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago's infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refused to lose. The heady life she's living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. and as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.--From back cover.… (more)

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