Red Letter Days

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Phoebe Adler wants to be a television writer, but in the 1950s, that job almost exclusively belongs to men. In her latest novel, Red Letter Days, Sarah-Jane Stratfod, author of Radio Girls , brings to light Phoebe’s story and the scandal of the Red Scare within the television industry.

When Phoebe leaves New York after being blacklisted as a communist, a false allegation designed to keep her from working, she travels to London to work with one of the most influential producers on TV. Hannah Wolfson has her own production company and is embarking on a re-telling of the classic Robin Hood story. She has the money and the power to make it a true classic, but she needs strong writers. When she meets Phoebe, they form a partnership that will test them both. And, as Phoebe’s past and Hannah’s penchant for hiring blacklisted writers begins to catch up with them, these smart, independent women have to decide what’s really worth fighting for.

If you know nothing about the Red Scare and its effects on the television and film industry, this book is a wonderful primer. Stratford takes this pivotal moment in history and wraps it in a story of women’s friendship and women’s struggle to have it all. Hannah, a businesswoman, wife, and mother, in particular, faces this challenge; though the book is set more than 50 years ago, its themes are incredibly relevant today.

Whether you’re looking for historical fiction or a novel about women working against the stereotypes that have held them back, Red Letter Days is a perfect read.

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Author Sarah-Jane Stratford
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Berkley
Publish Date 2020-02-25
ISBN 9780451475572 Buy this Book
Issue July 2020
Category Popular Fiction


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