Glad Rags!

I don’t even know how to start with how excited I am to be announcing this. Let’s cut to the chase.

From today’s Publisher’s Lunch:

Nebula Award nominee and Crawford Award winner Genevieve Valentine’s GLAD RAGS, a reimagining of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers, set amidst the splendor and beautiful chaos of the roaring twenties in Manhattan, to Atria, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2014.

The logline is true; Glad Rags is a mainstream historical about sisters, speakeasies, shenanigans, and shoes. FLAPPERS FOR EVERYBODY.


Technically nobody here is flapping hard enough to convey my feelings, but I love this picture so much that it can stay.

There will be more news as things develop; immediate thanks are due to my agent Joe Monti, and to the circle of friends who were instrumental throughout the writing of it. I am beyond excited to be working with Atria, beyond excited at how many flapper dresses I get to talk about between now and 2014, and beyond excited to bring you a book I dearly love.

In the meantime, everybody start studying their dance diagrams, we’ll need these later.

  • Livia Llewellyn

    Congrats!!!!

  • Alaya

    Oh my god, this is so exciting! The Twelve Dancing Princesses being my favorite fairy tale ever, and the twenties and New York being, obviously, something else I rather enjoy ;) Congratulations!

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    How do you know?

    As predicted, Queen Catherine began her “I Will Ruin You Sexually” Tour pretty much the moment Henry was in the ground. What a magnificent time.

    10/31/14

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    I loved the Met’s Death Becomes Her exhibition of mourning clothes. The rules of mourning are fascinating and infuriating in equal measure, and the exhibit does a great job of presenting the benefits of mourning (publicly noting grief explains much to others that one then doesn’t have to explain oneself), the business of mourning (fashion crept into mourning left right and center), and the politics of mourning (sexually-experienced ladies who might have money and be in the market for a new husband? Lock up your sons). 

    [Top photo: Metropolitan Museum. Other photos mine.]

    "The Scots shut themselves up in total darkness,wear veils, i know not how many folds, but so black that sitting beside them you could not tell whether it is a broomstick dressed up or what it is." - Elizabeth Emma Stuart, 1856

    "Black is becoming; and young widows, fair, plump, and smiling, with their roguish eyes sparkling under their black veils are very seducing." - Robert De Valcourt, The Illustrated Manners Book, 1855

    "I remember a remark a very superficial minded young lady made to me the other day: ‘I think a long black dress and a long black veil look so nice.’ Poor creature let her think on. She was in mourning once for her father." Nannie Haskins Williams, 1863

    "Have been all this week in a sad task making up my mourning for my dear Papa & today for the first time put it on. The sight of this black dress brings the cause why I wear it more fully to my mind, if possible brings him more vividly before me." Catherine Anne Edmonston, 1861

    "Black is more than ever the favorite color of fashion. there was a time—our mothers will remember it—when the sole fact of wearing a black dress when one was not in mourning was sufficient to call forth a kind of reprobation, and to cause the wearer to be classed among the dangerously eccentric women."  Harper’s Bazaar, 1879

    10/30/14