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Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944 By Vanda,

  • Title: Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944
  • Author: Vanda
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  • Page: 428
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  • An Absolutely Beautiful and Moving Novel Philip Crawford, author of Mafia and the GaysReaders say, I can t wait for the next book in the series She went looking for fame, and found her true self, instead.New York City, 1941 Alice Al Huffman and her childhood friends are fresh off the potato farms of Long Island and bound for Broadway Al s plans for stage success An Absolutely Beautiful and Moving Novel Philip Crawford, author of Mafia and the GaysReaders say, I can t wait for the next book in the series She went looking for fame, and found her true self, instead.New York City, 1941 Alice Al Huffman and her childhood friends are fresh off the potato farms of Long Island and bound for Broadway Al s plans for stage success are abruptly put on hold when she s told she has no talent As she gets a job to pay for acting classes, Al settles into a normal life with her friends and a boyfriend It all changes when she meets Juliana.A singer on the brink of stardom, Juliana is everything Al isn t glamorous, talented, and queer The farm girl is quickly enthralled, experiencing thoughts and feelings she never realized were possible Al finds herself slipping between two worlds the gay underground and the normal world of her childhood friends It s a balancing act she can handle until the two worlds begin to collideIn a city bursting with change, can Alice find what she was looking for all along Juliana Volume 1 1941 1944 is a captivating work of LGBT historical romance If you like extensively researched settings, spell binding storytelling, and characters you can t help but fall for, then you ll love the first book in award winning playwright Vanda s new Juliana series.Buy Juliana to discover a sexy, funny, and deadly serious world today
    Juliana Volume An Absolutely Beautiful and Moving Novel Philip Crawford author of Mafia and the GaysReaders say I can t wait for the next book in the series She went looking for fame and found her true self inst

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    1. Juliana by Vanda is a interesting book that follows the lives of a handful of men and women who live in New York City in the early 1940s The characters are alluring and the tale is poignant You definitely don t want to miss this one The main character is the story is Alice Al Huffman Al leaves her small town family home and moves to NYC She is accompanied by her childhood best friends, Aggie, Danny Dickie They plan to take Broadway by storm and fulfill the dreams they have had since grade school [...]

    2. Juliana is a coming of age story settled in NYC in the 40 s Our main character is Alice Al Huffman, a girl from a town who goes to NYC with her best friends, Dick, Aggie, and her beau Danny They want to be stars but they face adversities that make their path to become artists difficult or unreachable.In this journey, Alice discovers parts of herself she never paid attention to when she met the singer Juliana and other characters who are part of the homosexual community that happens to be also in [...]

    3. To be honest I put off reading this book for quite a while The premise was intriguing, but the combined cheesiness of the cover and the author s mononymyway, I m so glad I finally decided to read it It s lovely, actually Even though it was indeed slightly cheesy at times It isn t a perfect book, the message is somewhat heavy handed at times, it s occasionally overdramatized, but as far as reading experiences go, this was an immensely enjoyable one The author has managed to create an awesomely im [...]

    4. This is a very interesting, and at times disturbing, study of homosexuality and prejudice in the early U.S 20th century The book itself begins in 1941 tracking the lives of four country high school kids that move to New York City to start their careers in show business It deals with the sexuality of both male and female characters It is at times chauvinistic, racist, bigoted, overly dramatic, corny, sexy, funny and delightful I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone I look forward to boo [...]

    5. Stayed up all night reading this book so this review probably won t be terribly coherent I thought the author did a marvelous job putting the reader into the era and setting I found the attitudes of the four friends repellant at first, and had to keep reminding myself that this was a different time, when being gay or lesbian or even bisexual was seen as unnatural I loved how gradually Al s attitude changed though I still wanted to grab her and shake some sense into her than once as she began to [...]

    6. This story touches on a lot of topics It skated the fine line of homophobia and racism, but I m giving the author the benefit of the doubt that it was fitting given the era It s also very loooooooooooong, so don t start this book intending to finish it in a day or two, unless you re a very fast reader Kindle Freebie dp B01GBEZOUE ref

    7. 4.5 Stars WOW WHAT A BOOK It s a spell binding, entrancing read A gay underworld with the sights and sounds of a lost New York Juliana is the first in a series and covers the years of 1941 to 1944, in which the same characters live out LGBT history in New York City through the decades.I would say Juliana is an amazing historical fiction It is a or less coming of age story of a young girl who falls in love and lust with another woman In her new world she is introduced and becomes friends with ma [...]

    8. This story of four friends who start lives in New York City to pursue fame as writers and actors just before the start of World War II has a lot to recommend it The era is a fascinating one Viewed with 21st century eyes, it is romantic, appalling, and humorous The theme of this novel is the growing awareness of these young adults of their own sexualities and how sex, romance, love, and friendship is viewed, experienced and performed in that era whether between persons of opposite sex or same sex [...]

    9. Juliana is actually the story of Alice Huffman, Al for short, a small town girl who moves to the Big Apple in the 1940s to pursue a musical and acting career She ends up spending very little time working on said career, and time alienating her friends while having a constant, back and forth existential crisis about her sexuality.I knew I was in trouble when the book began with an apology I wrote this novel to be accurate for its time That means there may be occasional words used to refer to cer [...]

    10. Vanda says about this book, that Juliana is not a story of just some ordinary men and women living in New York City in the 1940s it is the story of gay men and women living in New York City in the 1940s As such, I thought it was a wonderful book Full of lively dialogue and a rich gallery of characters to show us the scene I m looking at photos from the 40 s, and listening to lovely music, and this little piece of history brought alive, feels so important to me It even feels relevant to me, perso [...]

    11. I often don t like to read longer books It takes me a week to finish them and as long as the book is not completely holding my attention, I get easily bored with it So, Juliana is not a bad book I see that there are many high ratings and praising reviews but it is very lengthy and repetitive It s just toooo slooow for me.____________________________________Genre historical fictionTags lesbian, coming of age, New York, WWII, artistsContent warnings internalised homophobia, racism, ableismRating d [...]

    12. An excellent historical romance in the vein of Sarah Waters in terms of its meticulous research into the NYC of the early 1940s on the eve of and during the initial years of WWII Alice Al Huffman leaves her Long Island home town after HS graduation along with her best female friend and their boyfriends to seek fame and fortune on the stage in NYC Along the way, she comes across Juliana, a semi successful nightclub singer Al s obsession with Juliana soon finds them in a kind of relationship and p [...]

    13. This is a win review This book is set in the 1940,s so it has an interesting story since I was not born then You can see yourself in 1940 New York with the Broadway stage and the people of that time.

    14. This is the first volume in a series of historical fiction that follows a group of characters from the early 1940s forward It would appear that the author has researched the time and area as well as she could If I were just rating the book for it s intentions, it would get five stars, easily, but as I ve been reading it, my sense of how to rate it has moved between three and five stars Why Well, in the beginning of the book, there s An Apology in which the author formally apologizes to Roman Cat [...]

    15. This book is a complicated story that is fictional and yet wants to depict the New York City scene between 1941 starting before the US entered the war and 1944 ending just before D Day What s it deals with the show business scene and it mixes real historical characters, hence real names, and some that I consider as fictional, like the Juliana of the title who I assume is white though I base this remark on the cover of the book.The first element in the book is the impact of the war on the Americ [...]

    16. GAY HISTORYI was not expecting a novel wrapped around Gay History That being said, I unexpectedly, enjoyed this book even because of the history The author, Vanda makes a good point Gay History will be lost because Gay marriage has brought us into some small part of mainstream America We are hardly mainstream Society has made us hide, struggle with who we are, why we are this way, and ruined lives, relationships and careers I applaud the author s efforts to keep our history alive because of the [...]

    17. To start, I really loved the addition in the back of the book of the research the author did on 1940s history It surrounded the novel and made it seem real, especially parts that I already knew, like women needing three feminine articles of clothing if the police questioned them But also understanding that the language used by the majority of the characters was actually thought by a lot of people in that time it hurt to read it but that sort of thought was normalized I really liked how everyone [...]

    18. Despite the title being Juliana, this story is really about Alice I loved following her around Greenwich Village and the East Village Even though I lived in GV 60 years after this time period, every time I walked past Patchin Place, I will forever associate it with Alice and Juliana and think about what it must have been like to be gay during the war Loved this and book 3 can t wait to find out what happens to Alice next.

    19. Simply Magnificent I started reading Juliana and I didn t know what to expect As a history buff I love how Band a wove in historical events throughout the characters timeline so seamlessly The characters are well developed and the story entranced me from the very beginning I can t wait for the next volume.

    20. Amazing I cannot wait for the next book to come out or even another story from this author This was one of the best written books I ve read even just as good as Sarah Water s novels I can t find a book to read now that stands up to how good this story was and how well it is written There needs to me lgbtq historical fiction novels out there Please get the next book out soon, I can t wait to read it

    21. This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review Helen Hollickfounder DDRevs With many sub plots and side characters involved this is a rich and rewarding read that I shall treasure and read again.

    22. Fascinating read Great history lesson Wonderfully researched and written Loved the title character and AL You will not be disappointed l am not normally interested in period pieces such as these So l was pleasantly surprised.

    23. Vanda, Juliana Volume I 1941 1944 , Booktrope, 2016The Secret WorldAmos LassenIn 1941, Alice, Al, Huffman and her friends, moved to New York City with her boyfriend, Danny and her best girlfriend, Aggie to follow their Broadway dreams but things did not go as expected They knew nothing about life in the big city We first meet then when Al and Danny are engaged, but when Ai meets Juliana, a beautiful singer, she beings to have feelings that are new to her As she explores her feelings, she realize [...]

    24. This is a TEN STAR book, if ever one was Masterfully crafted, it carries the reader on an odyssey of epic proportion There is a sort of Steinbeck like quality to the plot and storyline that are quite reminiscent of The Grapes of Wrath the immortal novel, screenplay and cinematic masterpiece such is the spectacular nature of this novel.The story begins with the protagonist and a trio of her friends going off on their ultimate adventure to fulfill school dreams together As a quartet of friends in [...]

    25. Disclaimer If you are not comfortable reading about LGBT and or foul language against groups of people this book is not for you At the beginning of the book Vanda, the author even writes an apology note for this She is writing according to the time period, there are some offensive interaction between the characters I started reading this book thinking it was an average WWII book with a love story, it s not I would read this with a very open mind Vanda, the author writes in the point of view of t [...]

    26. My rating 4.5 starsThis book is fantastic, really From the moment I picked it up, I was drawn in I fell in love with the characters quickly and relished the adventures they were embarking on While I wouldn t say I was surprised by every development, I really loved following all of the lead characters through their journeys as they got to know themselves better It is worth mentioning that the book does contain offensive language, but it s sort of necessary to be true to the setting The world in t [...]

    27. If you could travel back in time to Times Square in New York City, back to the days of World War II, stop in at the USO Canteen, you d find the protagonist of Juliana and her best buddies But before the US entered the war, Alice Al Huffman and her best friend Aggie are fresh out of high school and fresh off the potato farms of Long Island in 1941 They re headed for Broadway, with stars in their eyes When they arrive in Manhattan, they meet up with schoolmates Dickie and Danny It s not long befor [...]

    28. This book fooled me I honestly thought, by reading the blurb, that it was going to just be a book on what it was like to be gay lesbian during the early to mid 1940 s Which it does in a stunning way But, this book also about a young girl finding herself and falling in love in a time that was turbulent And I loved it.I absolutely loved Alice Al Her transformation from this naive little country girl to, what one character called her, a New York girl was amazing Her acceptance of the gay lesbian sc [...]

    29. I don t normally read Historical books, romance or otherwise but decided it was time I branch out I found the right branch with this book While there were places it seemed to ramble on a little bit it made it back to the plot before it became too much to handle The characters were decently developed and worked with and around each other well even when they weren t getting along The conflicts outward and internal were believable enough for the era and I managed to follow along without any problem [...]

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