Charlotte Readers Podcast: Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters

In this episode 160, we visit with novelist Joy Callaway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters, both published by Harper.

Charlotte Readers Podcast is sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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In this episode 160, we visit with novelist Joy Callaway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters, both published by Harper.

The New York Daily News described The Fifth Avenue Artists Society as “the creative sisterhood of Little Women, the social scandal of Edith Wharton and the courtship mishaps of Jane Austen. . . . a delightful, and at times touching, tale of Gilded Age society and creative ambition with an inspiring heroine.” And RT Book Reviews calls Secret Sisters a “compulsive, feminist read…a rich drama showcasing the disparity between men and women, rich and poor, on a 19th century college campus.”

Joy starts the show with a reading from her most recent novel, Secret Sisters, where two of the main characters are plotting the idea of forming a women’s fraternity at their co-ed college in 1881, a time when such ideas are foreign to such male-dominated institutions of the day.

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