The Silver Shoes

The Silver Shoes : A Novel

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In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment.

San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antique shop that spark her imagination and lead her on a quest to learn more about the shoes' original owner.

Almost ninety years earlier, Clair Deveraux, a sheltered 1929 New York debutante, tries to reside within the bounds of polite society and please her father. But when she meets Winnie, a carefree Macy's shop girl, Clair is lured into the steamy side of Manhattan-a place filled with speakeasies, flappers, and the beat of "that devil music"-and her true desires explode wide open. Secrets and lies heap up until her father loses everything in the stock market crash and Clair becomes entangled in the burlesque world in an effort to save her family and herself.

Ultimately, both Anne and Clair-two very different women living in very different eras-attain true fulfillment . . . with some help from their silver shoes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 1631523538
  • 9781631523533

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2021 Next Generation Indie Awards Winner in Series (Fiction)

2021 CIBA Fiction Series Book Awards First Place Winner

2018 New York City Big Book Award, Historical Fiction Distinguished Favorite

"The crash of 1929, speakeasies and musical reviews, artistic challenges, family secrets, secret desires, romantic complications-these are just a few of the ingredients in Jill G. Hall's wonderful new novel, The Silver Shoes. Clair and Anne are two compelling characters born decades apart into drastically different circumstances. Each must face her own dilemmas and neither has an easy solution."

-Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices

"A pair of glittery shoes links two women nearly a century apart in this enchanting story by Jill G. Hall."

-Janice Steinberg, author of The Tin Horse and dance journalist

"What a delight! Hall captivates and pulls the reader in; the story is as sparkling and fun as the silver shoes that connect the two women together-pure entertainment!"

- Michelle Cox, Author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series

"You'll be cheering for both of these heroines as they insist on finding their own way as artists, no matter what the men in their lives want them to be. Hall's descriptions of Anne's visual art, inspired by the silver shoes, are delicious."

-Janice Steinberg, art journalist and author of The Tin Horse
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About Jill G. Hall

Jill G. Hall is the author of The Black Velvet Coat, an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including A Year in Ink, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. On her blog, Crealivity, she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. She is a seasoned presenter at seminars, readings, and community events. In addition to writing, Hall practices yoga, tap dances, and enjoys spending time in nature. Learn more at
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392 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (148)
3 26% (102)
2 6% (23)
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