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Last Night at the Blue Angel - A Novel

Rebecca Rotert

Set against the turbulence of 1960s Chicago-a city in transformation-and its legendary jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a lush and immensely heartfelt mother-daughter tale about a talented but troubled singer's relationship with her precocious ten-year-old daughter. It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is teeming with the tensions of the day-segregation, sexual experimentation, the Cold War and Vietnam-but it is also home to some of the country's most influential jazz. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. But when her big break, the cover of Look magazine, finally arrives, it carries with it an enormous personal cost. Sensual and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet self-destructive woman whose charms tend to hurt those around her, and no one knows this better than her daughter, Sophia. As the only child of a single mother growing up in an adult world, Sophia is wise beyond her years, a casualty of her mother's desperate struggle for fame and adoration. Unsettled by her home life, she harbors a terrible fear that her world could disappear at any moment, and compulsively maintains a list of everyday objects she might need to reinvent should nuclear catastrophe strike. Her only constant is the colorful and unconventional family that surrounds her and her mother, particularly the photographer, Jim, who is Sophia's best friend, surrogate father, and protector-but Jim is also deeply in love with Naomi. Weaving between the perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a poignant and unforgettable story about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. Part stylish period piece, part heartbreaking family drama, it's a novel rife with revelations, a vivid and propulsive page-turner-and the major debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Set against the turbulence of 1960s Chicago-a city in transformation-and its legendary jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a lush and immensely heartfelt mother-daughter tale about a talented but troubled singer's relationship with her precocious ten-year-old daughter. It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is teeming with the tensions of the day-segregation, sexual experimentation, the Cold War and Vietnam-but it is also home to some of the country's most influential jazz. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. But when her big break, the cover of Look magazine, finally arrives, it carries with it an enormous personal cost. Sensual and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet self-destructive woman whose charms tend to hurt those around her, and no one knows this better than her daughter, Sophia. As the only child of a single mother growing up in an adult world, Sophia is wise beyond her years, a casualty of her mother's desperate struggle for fame and adoration. Unsettled by her home life, she harbors a terrible fear that her world could disappear at any moment, and compulsively maintains a list of everyday objects she might need to reinvent should nuclear catastrophe strike. Her only constant is the colorful and unconventional family that surrounds her and her mother, particularly the photographer, Jim, who is Sophia's best friend, surrogate father, and protector-but Jim is also deeply in love with Naomi. Weaving between the perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a poignant and unforgettable story about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. Part stylish period piece, part heartbreaking family drama, it's a novel rife with revelations, a vivid and propulsive page-turner-and the major debut of an extraordinary new writer.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Set against the turbulence of 1960s Chicago-a city in transformation-and its legendary jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a lush and immensely heartfelt mother-daughter tale about a talented but troubled singer's relationship with her precocious ten-year-old daughter. It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is teeming with the tensions of the day-segregation, sexual experimentation, the Cold War and Vietnam-but it is also home to some of the country's most influential jazz. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly ten years. But when her big break, the cover of Look magazine, finally arrives, it carries with it an enormous personal cost. Sensual and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet self-destructive woman whose charms tend to hurt those around her, and no one knows this better than her daughter, Sophia. As the only child of a single mother growing up in an adult world, Sophia is wise beyond her years, a casualty of her mother's desperate struggle for fame and adoration. Unsettled by her home life, she harbors a terrible fear that her world could disappear at any moment, and compulsively maintains a list of everyday objects she might need to reinvent should nuclear catastrophe strike. Her only constant is the colorful and unconventional family that surrounds her and her mother, particularly the photographer, Jim, who is Sophia's best friend, surrogate father, and protector-but Jim is also deeply in love with Naomi. Weaving between the perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a poignant and unforgettable story about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. Part stylish period piece, part heartbreaking family drama, it's a novel rife with revelations, a vivid and propulsive page-turner-and the major debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andrus Nichols, Caitlin Davies

Length:

9h 43m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:28


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

17:24


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:51


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

08:08


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

13:44


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

08:01


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

07:01


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

08:54


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

08:26


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

13:54


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

16:15


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

15:19


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

05:26


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:04


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

09:38


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

08:45


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

15:49


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

22:55


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

14:20


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

19:43


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

15:19


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

13:56


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

10:15


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

14:49


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

04:38


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

07:35


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

15:00


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

07:37


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

07:34


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

08:26


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

06:13


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

10:49


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

19:26


Part 5, Chapter 33
Part 5, Chapter 33

14:03


Part 5, Chapter 34
Part 5, Chapter 34

12:59


Part 5, Chapter 35
Part 5, Chapter 35

12:26


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

12:08


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

09:05


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

04:44


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

05:30


Part 5, Chapter 40
Part 5, Chapter 40

05:55


Part 5, Chapter 41
Part 5, Chapter 41

07:50


Part 5, Chapter 42
Part 5, Chapter 42

08:20


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

08:19


Part 5, Chapter 44
Part 5, Chapter 44

05:35


Part 5, Chapter 45
Part 5, Chapter 45

08:00


Part 5, Chapter 46
Part 5, Chapter 46

10:45


Part 6, Chapter 47
Part 6, Chapter 47

05:52


Part 6, Chapter 48
Part 6, Chapter 48

06:13


Part 6, Chapter 49
Part 6, Chapter 49

03:01


Part 6, Chapter 50
Part 6, Chapter 50

07:42


Part 6, Chapter 51
Part 6, Chapter 51

07:44


Part 6, Chapter 52
Part 6, Chapter 52

04:49


Part 6, Chapter 53
Part 6, Chapter 53

04:46


Part 6, Chapter 54
Part 6, Chapter 54

06:03


Part 6, Chapter 55
Part 6, Chapter 55

05:11


Part 6, Chapter 56
Part 6, Chapter 56

05:16


Part 6, Chapter 57
Part 6, Chapter 57

02:18


Part 6, Chapter 58
Part 6, Chapter 58

05:29


Part 6, Chapter 59
Part 6, Chapter 59

00:59