Fiona Davis-The Chelsea Girls

Fiona Davis


Fiona Davis began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. She’s a graduate of the College of William & Mary and is based in New York City.


Created Sisterhoods: When Women Make Up Their Own Community of Support

In her novel, The Gown, Jennifer Robson puts female characters together in a situation that pulls them into friendship and solace. Friendship is crucial as well for the characters in Fiona Davis' novel The Chelsea Girls. Join these two authors as they discuss created sisterhoods and the value of togetherness in the face of danger and discord.

Moderator: Piper Huguley

Piper G. Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist and the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a three-book series of historical romances. She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

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The Chelsea Girls

The Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine’s Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

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