There are lots of things about New York City in the ’20s to make you swoon: hot jazz at the Cotton Club, glamorous celebrities like F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, real jake slang. But who are we kidding. It’s all about the clothes, isn’t it? Libba Bray‘s latest novel, The Diviners, is set in 1926 and stars three very different birds—with very different senses of style. Come along as Figment plays Art Deco dress-up …
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Our dashing heroine. Seventeen-year-old Evie’s been itching to get out of Zenith, Ohio, forever—though she didn’t quite expect to be leaving under a cloud of scandal. She’s a little outrageous and she’s always in the middle of wherever she doesn’t belong. But she’s also a loyal friend and a real brave doll. Which comes in handy when this Sheba finds herself chasing down murderers, ghosts, and murderous ghosts. Here’s what we imagine her wearing as she heads off with friends to the Hotsy Totsy, the hottest new nightclub in Harlem:
A glamorous dancer with the even-more glamorous Ziegfeld Follies. Theta Knight, with her jet-black hair cut in a Louise Brooks shingle bob with bangs, is the most striking woman Evie has ever met. When she sees her for the first time in their hotel lobby, Theta is striding into the lobby wearing men’s pajamas under a blue silk bathrobe. A stage-door Johnny has sent her a dozen long-stemmed red roses—which just makes Theta yawn and toss them to the doorman. “Oh, brother! Give these to your girl, Eddie …”
Mabel doesn’t dazzle like Evie or Theta. The quiet, studious daughter of two socialist agitators, Mabel hasn’t even gotten her hair bobbed yet. But there’s more steel in Mabel than people realize—and, when it comes to handsome, equally taciturn Jericho Jones, more flutteriness than even she can admit.