The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

Written by:
Fiona Davis
Narrated by:
Lisa Flanagan , Erin Bennett

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
10 hours 37 minutes
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and a New York Times bestseller!
“A page-turner for booklovers everywhere! . . . A story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes from discovering truth.”—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife 

In New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-averse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage—truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.
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Teresa M.

This was excellent, got so involved that I forgot this was fiction. Enjoyed the narration. Can’t wait to start another Fiona Davis book.

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Great story!

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I come from a long line of librarians. My Hartford Conn aunt’s job was to guard books that were banned like James Joyce. If a young woman came asking for this author she asked if they were married. My other aunt worked at this NY Public Library. As the head librarian. The question most asked was where is the toilet. My grandmother’s maiden name was Lyons. This book was a great story with a wonderful narrative.

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David S.

Excellent book! Wonderful narrator. I listen and read my books. Listen when walking and reading when at home. I found the writing to be excellent the plot to be unpredictable and the narrator perfect for this book.

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Love the history & mystery but it was painfully slow.

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Kathleen A.

Good read

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interesting historical fiction. Well written.

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