from author’s website
Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader, and always a storyteller. As a novelist, she has done extensive research into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, interviewing vets and visiting the training facility—now a museum dedicated to the WASP—in Sweetwater, Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found dodging raindrops and daydreaming of her next book. Noelle lives in Bothell, Washington with her family.
Her debut, The Flight Girls, was a USA Today and international bestseller. Angels of the Resistance is her second novel. Her third novel, The Roaring Days of Zora Lily, releases on October 3, 2023.
ABOUT THE ROARING DAYS OF ZORA LILY:
In this dazzling new novel, the discovery of a hidden label on a famous gown unearths the story of a talented young seamstress and her journey from the smoke-filled speakeasies of Jazz Age Seattle to the costume houses of Hollywood.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 2023
A costume conservator is preparing an exhibition featuring movie costumes from the 1920s to present day. As she gingerly places a gown once worn by Greta Garbo on a mannequin, she discovers another name hidden beneath the designer’s label, leaving her to wonder—who is Zora Lily?
Poverty-stricken Zora Hough spends her days looking after her younger siblings while sewing up holes and fixing hems for clients to bring in extra money, working her fingers to the bone just to survive. But at night, as she lies in the bed she shares with one of her three sisters, she secretly dreams of becoming a designer like Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin.
When her best friend gets a job dancing in a club downtown, Zora is lured in by her stories of music, glittering dresses and boys. She follows her friend to the underground speakeasies that are at once exciting and frightening—with smoke hanging in the air, alcohol flowing despite Prohibition, couples dancing in a way that makes Zora blush and a handsome businessman named Harley. It’s a world she has only ever imagined, and one with connections that could lead her to the life she’s always dreamed of. But as Zora’s ambition is challenged by tragedy and duty to her family, she’ll learn that dreams come with a cost.
PRAISE AND RECOGNITION FOR THE ROARING DAYS OF ZORA LILY:
“A sensational novel set during the glittering height of the Jazz Age, The Roaring Days of Zora Lily transports readers through speakeasies and Hollywood studios as a daring seamstress chases her dreams. Brimming with emotion, romance, and dazzling prose, historical fiction readers will love this one!” —Chanel Cleeton, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Cuban Heiress
“A beautifully written and vividly drawn portrait of one woman’s journey to escape poverty and achieve her dream in the 1920s in Seattle. Noelle Salazar skillfully weaves a tale of strength and ambition, of enduring friendship and romantic love, filled with an unforgettable cast of characters. I loved this dazzling and sexy, dangerous and inspiring journey through the speakeasies of the jazz age to the glamour and darkness of Hollywood.” —Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools
“Noelle Salazar takes readers on dazzling romp through the glittering, beaded and fringe-filled speakeasies and clubs of Seattle to the costume houses of Hollywood. . . . Romantic, ambitious, and filled with adventure, Salazar swept me away to the roaring 20s – a decade I could return to again and again.” —Nicola Harrison, author of The Show Girl and Hotel Laguna
“An inspiring story of determination and talent set in the dizzying world of 1920s speakeasies, Hollywood film lots and Seattle high society. With an engaging heroine and colorful supporting characters, this captivating story makes for a delightful read from beginning to end.” —Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiffany Girls