Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway
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A radiant debut novel about stumbling through the early years of adulthoodand a love letter to the role models who light the way.

Like so many other recent graduates, Dawn West is trying to make her way in New York City. She’s got an ex-boyfriend she can’t quite stop seeing, a roommate who views rent checks and basic hygiene as optional, and a writing career that’s gotten as far as penning an online lawn care advice column.

So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she’s thrilled. After all, she’s being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women: once outstanding college students, they have gone on to become mayors, opera singers, and air force pilots. As Dawn gets to know their life stories, she’ll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. Most importantly, she’ll learn that while those who came before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to create our own happy ending.

About Charity Shumway

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Charity Shumway received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, where she reported on the fiftieth anniversary of the magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” contest, Ladies Home Journal, and Fitness, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published July 31, 2012 by Atria Books. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At the party, Dawn meets Regina, the editor of Charm magazine, and this meeting lands her a job putting together a spread for Charm’s 50th anniversary of their "Ten Girls to Watch" contest (Charm is an indistinguishable stand-in for Glamour, where Shumway worked on their corresponding 50th annive...

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Shumway’s easy-going debut follows Dawn West, a recent Harvard grad living in Brooklyn trying to become a writer.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel


In Charity Shumway’s charming debut novel, “Ten Girls to Watch,” a young college graduate struggles to make it as a writer in the Big Apple while dealing with her mess of a love life … and moonlighting as a lawn care columnist.

Aug 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel

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Happily ever after almost never happens in real life, but the lessons learned in this novel left me with a great ending and a really good feeling about where my own life was headed, even though my life in no way parallels Dawn’s.

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