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Skyscraper (Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp)

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Lynn is a bright, ambitious young woman, living on her own for the first time in 1930s New York City, where the streets and subways teem and throb with life. Each day, Lynn joins the crowds of people who stream into the towering new heart of the cityscape. The Seacoast Building, the gleaming new skyscraper that thrusts itself toward the stratosphere, represents wealth, power, the triumph of engineering over nature — and the masculine world that women must learn to navigate if they seek careers of their own.

Lynn loves the gleaming marble elevators, the rows of polished desks and filing cabinets, the world of paper and numbers and business. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young man she meets in the skyscraper's coffee shop. Lynn and Tom are so in love, if they don't get married, something improper is bound to happen. But jobs are getting scarce in the early years of the Depression, and the Seacoast Company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately dismissed from her job.

Making matters even more complicated is David Dwight — powerful, handsome, charismatic, separated from his wife, and a well-known seducer. Lynn is innocently flattered by what seems to be his fatherly interest in her, which includes invitations to stylish parties and to his spectacular country estate. But fatherly interest is not what David Dwight has in mind, and he usually gets what he wants.

First published in 1931 — the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors — Skyscraper marks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Like so many young women protagonists before her, Lynn faces choices that will determine the course and quality of the rest of her life. But rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their jobs, their careers, and their financial independence — or abandon their men. They can't have both — or can they?

Even as she turned out fast-paced love stories for popular consumption, best-selling romance writer Faith Baldwin had a finger on the pulse of the economic and social changes facing women in her time. Among Baldwin's best works, Skyscraper both exemplifies and transcends the trappings of the romance genre as it explores choices and chanllenges that still affect women today.

Its dramatic setting and lively plot twists quickly brought this novel to the screen: Skyscraper Souls (1932) starred Maureen O'Sullivan (fresh from her breakthrough role as Jane in Tarzan the Ape Man and the super-suave Warren William in a racy pre-Code drama that centered on David Dwight and his shady dealings in both business and love.

Review:

"A captivating and quietly subversive novel, featuring a spunky young working woman struggling to make it on her own. Skyscraper declares that despite all challenges, women should insist on their right to have it all." Alicia Daly, Ms.

Review:

"With its sexual bargains and betrayals, insider trades and financial maneuvers, Skyscraper is pulp fiction at its best." Maria Dibattista, author of Fast-Talking Dames

Review:

"It's wonderful to see this lively and richly detailed romance back in print." Kay Mussell, author of Women's Gothic and Romance Fiction

Synopsis:

An exciting career in a skyscraper--daring intrigue--or marriage to a regular joe? What's a girl to do?

Synopsis:

Lynn is an ambitious young woman who loves her job in the gleaming new Manhattan skyscraper. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young clerk down the hall. They are so in love that if they dont get married, something improper is bound to happen. But her company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately fired. First published in 1931—the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors—Skyscraper marks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Lynn is facing choices that will determine the course of the rest of her life, but rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their careers—or abandon their men. They cant have both—or can they?

Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of womens writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; In a Lonely Place; Laura; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.

Synopsis:

Lynn is an ambitious young woman who loves her job in the gleaming new Manhattan skyscraper. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young clerk down the hall. They are so in love that if they don't get married, something improper is bound to happen. But her company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately fired. First published in 1931-the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors-Skyscrapermarks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Lynn is facing choices that will determine the course of the rest of her life, but rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their careers-or abandon their men. They can't have both-or can they?

About the Author

Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) was one of the most popular and prolific mid-twentieth century authors of romance fiction. She published eighty-five books between 1921 and 1977, many of them focused on women juggling family and career, including White Collar Girl, A Job for Jenny, and He Married a Doctor. Faith Baldwin's work was the basis for two films, Skyscraper Souls (1932) a racy pre-code drama based on the novel Skyscraper, and Apartment for Peggy (1948).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558614574
Author:
Baldwin, Faith
Publisher:
Feminist Press
Author:
Hess, Elizabeth
Afterword by:
Hess, Elizabeth
Afterword:
Hess, Elizabeth
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Skyscrapers
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Women employees.
Subject:
Separated people.
Subject:
Triangles
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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Product details 256 pages Feminist Press - English 9781558614574 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A captivating and quietly subversive novel, featuring a spunky young working woman struggling to make it on her own. Skyscraper declares that despite all challenges, women should insist on their right to have it all."
"Review" by , "With its sexual bargains and betrayals, insider trades and financial maneuvers, Skyscraper is pulp fiction at its best."
"Review" by , "It's wonderful to see this lively and richly detailed romance back in print."
"Synopsis" by ,
An exciting career in a skyscraper--daring intrigue--or marriage to a regular joe? What's a girl to do?
"Synopsis" by ,

Lynn is an ambitious young woman who loves her job in the gleaming new Manhattan skyscraper. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young clerk down the hall. They are so in love that if they dont get married, something improper is bound to happen. But her company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately fired. First published in 1931—the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors—Skyscraper marks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Lynn is facing choices that will determine the course of the rest of her life, but rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their careers—or abandon their men. They cant have both—or can they?

Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of womens writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; In a Lonely Place; Laura; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.

"Synopsis" by , Lynn is an ambitious young woman who loves her job in the gleaming new Manhattan skyscraper. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young clerk down the hall. They are so in love that if they don't get married, something improper is bound to happen. But her company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately fired. First published in 1931-the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors-Skyscrapermarks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Lynn is facing choices that will determine the course of the rest of her life, but rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their careers-or abandon their men. They can't have both-or can they?
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