Last Night At The Blue Angel: A Novel by Rebecca RotertLast Night At The Blue Angel: A Novel by Rebecca Rotert

Last Night At The Blue Angel: A Novel

byRebecca Rotert

Hardcover | July 1, 2014

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Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, a highly ambitious and stylish literary debut that combines the atmosphere and period detail of Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility with the emotional depth and drama of The Memory Keeper's Daughter, about a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, and their heartbreaking relationship.

It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is a city of uneasy tensions—segregation, sexual experimentation, free love, the Cold War—but it is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant jazz scenes. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. Finally, her big break arrives—the cover of Look magazine. But success has come at enormous personal cost. Beautiful and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet extremely self-destructive woman whose charms are irresistible and dangerous for those around her. No one knows this better than Sophia, her clever ten-year-old daughter.

For Sophia, Naomi is the center of her universe. As the only child of a single, unconventional mother, growing up in an adult world, Sophia has seen things beyond her years and her understanding. Unsettled by her uncertain home life, she harbors the terrible fear that the world could end at any moment, and compulsively keeps a running list of practical objects she will need to reinvent once nuclear catastrophe strikes. Her one constant is Jim, the photographer who is her best friend, surrogate father, and protector. But Jim is deeply in love with Naomi—a situation that adds to Sophia’s anxiety.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, their powerful and wrenching story unfolds in layers, revealing Sophia’s struggle for her mother’s love with Naomi’s desperate journey to stardom and the colorful cadre of close friends who shaped her along the way.

Sophisticated yet poignant, Last Night at the Blue Angel is an unforgettable tale about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. It is a story ripe with surprising twists and revelations, and an ending that is bound to break your heart.

Rebecca Rotert received an M.A. in literature from Hollins College, where she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. Her writing has appeared in theNew York Timesand other publications. She's also an experienced singer and songwriter, who has performed with several bands, and a teacher with the Nebraska Writers Colle...
Title:Last Night At The Blue Angel: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062315285

ISBN - 13:9780062315281

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Last night at the Blue Angel Interesting book as it shows the story from a few view points which really adds to the richness of the novel
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep It was a very good view into the world of the time during the 60´s in Chicago and the life of a women, who didn´t want to be addicted to somebody but herself. Strong and emotional is the main character walking through life, and you just can feel this emotions. The language is wonderfully picked and also twists and turns on the right spot. You can learn a lot about life in this book1
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beautifully crafted characters and a Chicago with which I am in love. I was immediately captured and couldn't leave a page unturned as the relationships unfolded.
Date published: 2014-12-23

Editorial Reviews

“It is hard to believe that Last Night at the Blue Angel is Rebecca Rotert’s debut, as it simply shimmers with feeling. Her range of emotional evocation and ability to touch a reader so fiercely with beautiful words makes the book a pure pleasure to read.”