Literary Mood Board: The Other Typist

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, 1920s flapper novel

Bootleggers. Speakeasies. Flappers. Possible split personality. Murder. The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell, has been on my ever-lengthening To-Read list for months, but by the time I checked it out and started reading it, I'd long forgotten what had made me add it to the list. Set in the 1920s, the narrator—Rose Baker—is a typist in a New York police precinct, priding herself on her speed and accuracy. She's a play-by-the-rules sort of girl until the other typist enters the scene. Then begins her slow transformation into a speakeasy moll and her attempts to reconcile her actions with her conscience. I'm a huge sucker for stories set in the 20s, by virtue of the everyday person's proclivity to rebel when the government goes a bit too far, and this novel doesn't disappoint. What's even more engaging than the 1920s flash, though, is Rose's straight laces slowly coming undone and the shadow of doubt you're left with at the novel's closing. In a way, this novel is a whodunnit that leaves you with an uneasy certainty about Rose.

Verdict? Devoured in two days. Read it!

See last month's literary mood board: The Happiness of Pursuit

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