Title: Parlor Games
Author: Maryka Biaggio
Narrator: Leslie Carroll
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audio: 13.7 hours
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Rating: 4/5
Audio Rating: 4/5
Through the use of two story lines – her trial in 1917 and her life story beginning in the 1880s – May Dugas takes us from her hometown in the upper penninsula of Michigan to Chicago, Shanghai, London, Denmark, Monte Carlo, and Mexico. Is May a con artist? Is she just a woman looking for love and success? Parlor Games lets you be her judge.
This book has a great opening. I was drawn in immediately and needed to know just what made May the “Most Dangerous Woman….”
May is an unreliable narrator, but aren’t those the best kind? For anyone with wanderlust and a desire to elevate their place in the world, Parlor Games will be a delightful journey and May will steal your heart, whether she deserves it or not.For anyone with wanderlust and a desire to elevate their place in the world, Parlor Games will be a delightful journey and May will steal your heart, whether she deserves it or not.
Random thought while reading this book: What happened to train travel in the U.S. since the early 19th Century? May zips around the country by train. I want to do that. So let’s make this happen, ok?
I really enjoyed Carroll’s narration. It took me about half the book to figure out who the voice reminded me of – Susan Lucci. And Susan Lucci could TOTALLY play May Dugas.