The Subway Girls is the charming story of two strong women, a generation apart, who find themselves up against the same eternal struggle to find an impossible balance between love, happiness, and ambition.

In 1949, dutiful and ambitious Charlotte’s dream of a career in advertising is shattered when her father demands she help out with the family business. Meanwhile, Charlotte is swept into the glamorous world of the Miss Subways beauty contest, which promises irresistible opportunities with its Park Avenue luster and local fame status. But when her new friend―the intriguing and gorgeous fellow-participant Rose―does something unforgivable, Charlotte must make a heart-wrenching decision that will change the lives of those around her forever.

Nearly 70 years later, outspoken advertising executive Olivia is pitching the NYC subways account in a last ditch effort to save her job at an advertising agency. When the charismatic boss she’s secretly in love with pits her against her misogynistic nemesis, Olivia’s urgent search for the winning strategy leads her to the historic Miss Subways campaign. As the pitch date closes in on her, Olivia finds herself dealing with a broken heart, an unlikely new love interest, and an unexpected personal connection to Miss Subways that could save her job―and her future.


The Subway Girls intertwines two distinct narratives in a tale highlighting the unexpected commonalities between us all.” ―

“Schnall unites the women in a shared struggle to achieve balance in ambition, happiness, and love.” ―Refinery29 in the Best New Books Out This July Round-up

“[A] clever idea and relatable protagonists…a fun read.” ―Booklist

“Schnall nicely shows that women have always wanted balance family and a career and that it’s never been easy.” ―Library Journal

“This novel is perfect for fans of both historical and contemporary fiction.” ― in The Best Beach Reads for Your Summer Vacation Round-up

“Schnall’s new novel is a captivating read for anyone who loved Fiona Davis’s The Dollhouse, and will be the perfect addition to your summer reading beach bag.” ―Brit+Co in the 10 Hot New Books for Your 2018 #TBR Pile Round-up

“If you love historical fiction… In Susie Orman Schnall’s latest fiction read, two successful women, decades apart, find an important tie to the 1949 Miss Subways beauty contest.” ― in This Summer’s Hottest New Books For Every Type of Reader Round-up

“[One of the] top 25 must-reads every book lover needs to get his or her hands on this summer.” ― in their Summer Round-up

“[One of] the Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018.” ―

“A charming, inspiring tale, crossing two generations of ambitious young women, striving against the odds to make their mark, find happiness―and figure out, decades apart, if it’s ever possible to do both.” ―Nicola Kraus, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries

The Subway Girls is a joyous romp through New York City, with a magnetic cast of characters you’ll root for from page one. Dazzling and delicious.” ―Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Address and The Dollhouse

“Fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Camille Di Maio will adore this book. A great story of Miss Subways, New York, and women making their ways in a cutthroat business.” ―Jennifer S. Brown, bestselling author of Modern Girls

“Schnall has written a book that is smart and timely, offering an incisive take on the changing opportunities for women in the workplace with a number of satisfying surprises. Feels perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams.” ―Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“A fast-paced, clever novel filled with romantic possibilities, high-stakes decisions, and harsh realities. Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis’s The Dollhouse, this engrossing tale highlights the role that ambition, sexism, and true love will forever play in women’s lives.” ―Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions

“This is a must read for fans of modern-day fiction and historical fiction alike. There is so much to love in this story – all the satisfying nostalgia of the post-war advertising world, and all the excitement of present-day New York.” ―Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House

“This page-turner is finely balanced by a heartwarming journey that spans decades. I couldn’t put it down.” ―Amy Sue Nathan, author of Left to Chance