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From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

What is it about the Midnight Room?

In a choreographic tour de force, Laura McBride twirls four women through a Las Vegas nightclub, turning their separate lives into a suspenseful, in
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Hardcover, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Touchstone
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Crumb
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Innovative, raw, authentic

This was definitely a sleeper. 'Round Midnight had me in its grips, wrapped itself around my soul,unwilling to let go. It was a quiet killer. I felt my body clench, as my breath left me. I was trying to savor each and every page, every verse. In terms of the writing, the phrase "wax poetic" definitely comes to mind. I had never read a novel by Laura McBride so I knew not what to expect of her writing. She wooed me by the end of the first chapter. She had me in her clut
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Angela M
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

Two children in Laura McBride's new novel have a conversation about a science lesson on quantum physics explaining that "Everything affects everything else". I don't know anything about quantum physics so I'll go with my heart and my gut and say that what makes everything in this story affect everything else is the wonderful way in which McBride tells a story connecting the lives of the four women she writes about. Each of these women has their own story which could stand alone, but place and ci
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Diane S ☔
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor
3.5 As in her previous book, McBride returns to Las Vegas, this time in the fifties when it was a smaller town, with smaller casinos. June marries Del a man who owns a casino and works with him to make it a popular place by hiring outstanding talent. Eddie, a black singer helps make the casino the place to be and will have a huge impact on June and Del's future.

This first part was my favorite part, the atmosphere of the time wonderfully portrayed, June the most fleshed out character. The racism
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Julie
‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride is a 2017 Touchtone publication.


Absorbing, mesmerizing and impossible to put down-

This unique and original novel weaves together the lives of four women, who have close or fateful connections and spans decades in time, finally bringing them all together in one space and time, where they will help and support one another in ways they never expected or counted on.

Back in the fifties, June and her second husband, Del, are doing okay with a casino and lounge in Las
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Cathrine ☯️
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75★
Laura McBride’s sophomore novel was most enjoyable reading. As she did in We Are Called to Rise, there are multiple characters and narratives, this time surrounding four women. The individual story-lines are fleshed out over six decades and eventually intersect.
At the hub is June in 1950’s Las Vegas casino life, which was marvelously evocative of the era. My parents used to get away to Vegas in the 50s and bring back silver dollars for us kids and dance to records by members of the Rat Pack
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Selena
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of In The Midnight Room by Laura McBride from NetGalley for my honest review.

In a Las Vegas nightclub named The Midnight Room, four women experience life-changing experiences. One gets lucky, one falls in love, one chooses happiness and one gets her heart broken. They all end up making choices they never would have thought they would make.

June leaves the East Coast and her marriage to marry another man who hopes to make it big in the casino business.

Honorata is a mail-o
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Camie
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Laura McBride's books. This, her second is about the intertwining lives of 4 very different women in early 1960 's Las Vegas and will appeal most to those who like to read about strong women who are able to take charge of their lives, even in an age and society which discouraged it. At a time of great gender, racial, cultural, and financial, differences it took much bravery to defy the norm. If you need an interesting book to get and hold your attention on the plane , beach , or y ...more
Susan
Laura McBride is a great storyteller. In the Midnight Room is set in Las Vegas and spans decades intertwining the lives of four very different women until it's dramatic conclusion. I loved these characters and was totally involved in each of their stories.


Thank you Netgalley and Touchstone for a e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tania
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, bookclub, fiction
3.5 stars. I think what I like most about this author is that she has the ability to immediately grab my attention with her vivid descriptions. I felt for all four these women, especially Engracia, but June is definitely the character I'll remember the longest. Las Vegas is such a cool setting and the first part of the book did a really good job of painting of picture of what this city looked and felt like in the 1960's. I thought 'Round Midnight was written with more finesse than her first nove ...more
Touchstone Books
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laura McBride is truly one of the authors that we are most proud to publish. We can't wait for you all to read this astounding novel.
Sonja Arlow
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before I start gushing how much I enjoyed this book I need to just mention that I was astounded to learn that atomic bomb detonations were a tourist attraction in Vegas in the late 1950’s. WHAT? I just had to google that and its bizarrely true.

This is a story about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment, all linked to a classic casino nightclub. As the story unfolds you find out how their lives are connected by secrets, courage, trage
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Kelsey
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-work
Laura McBride does it again ladies and gentlemen. These characters, like those in We Are Called To Rise, will stay with you. They are certainly staying with me.
Alena
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe only 3.5, but I'm a fan of McBride's writing style. I like the way her storylines/characters revolve around each other, never quite touching until the climax (which felt a little rushed).

I really liked the Las Vegas setting, especially as we moved from the 1960s through present. Just a good interesting read.
Peebee
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure why the name of this book changed, but it’s being republished under a different name than ‘Round Midnight, the name under which it was published in hardcover. It’s a little ironic that I have ‘Round Midnight checked out from the library, and I didn’t even realize it was the same book as the ebook that I received to review.

There is just something about Laura McBride’s writing that I love — she really has a way of tapping into her character’s emotional state and building it into the
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Robin
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
Everything about this book was splendid. McBride perfectly captured the flavor of Las Vegas through the years and the characters were authentically drawn and engaging. And the ending was sublime; I loved how all of the relationships came together. I agree with one reviewer who said she wanted more.

This is one of the best novels I've read in quite a while and will go out on a limb to say it will for sure be on my Best of 2017 list.

Readers of Cynthia Sweeney's The Nest, Elizabeth Strout's Olive K
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BookGypsy
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story centers around a Las Vegas nightclub called The Midnight Room in the 1950's. Four women who's lives intersect. Their pasts and their futures. June,Honorata,Engracia and Coral. All completely different. I love stories like this and it amazed me just how vivid it was. The 1950's, Las Vegas, the smokey jazz clubs. I was deeply moved by these four women's lives. How they came to be intertwined. This was everything I thought it would be. Deeply moving, masterful and so poetic it danced. Thi ...more
Catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 4.0

This was one of the most unique books I've ever read, in terms of style. 'Round Midnight follows the lives of four women, who lead very different lives over the span of sixty years. There's June, who falls in love - not with the wrong person, but during the wrong time. There's Honorata, who is forced to leave her homeland to marry, but fortunately gets lucky and wins the jackpot; for the first time, she can do things on her own. There's Engracia, who unluckily gets her heart br
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Becky
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow- again another wonderful book by Laura McBride!!
This book kept me up reading late at night & had me grabbing it first thing in the morning- I LOVE when a book does that!

I need to start by saying We Are Called to Rise was one of my most favorite books of 2014 & I still think about it & recommend it to people.

'Round Midnight starts out in the early days of Vegas with a young girl from NJ who ends up in Vegas married to a man who owns a casino.....we meet 4 very different women &am
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H.A. Leuschel
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice easy read with some wonderful strong female characters and I felt so invested with some of them that I would have much rather stayed with them and their complicated lives and explored their emotional journey with them than change over too quickly to a new one. However it was an enjoyable read and elegant in its writing style.
Eva • All Books Considered
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4 STARS

This book is definitely one of my favorites of this year, so far! Admittedly, I requested this book because I grew up in Las Vegas and, although I no longer live there, there was something magical about growing up there before the boom, before the growth. And so I could completely relate to the setting in this book but I also loved the way the story was told. These characters had such meat - such sorrow and such depth - and they way thei
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BookGypsy
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story centers around a Las Vegas nightclub called The Midnight Room in the 1950's. Four women who's lives intersect. Their pasts and their futures. June,Honorata,Engracia and Coral. All completely different. I love stories like this and it amazed me just how vivid it was. The 1950's, Las Vegas, the smokey jazz clubs. I was deeply moved by these four women's lives. How they came to be intertwined. This was everything I thought it would be. Deeply moving, masterful and so poetic it danced. Thi ...more
Cynthia
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book!
Hollis
IN THE MIDNIGHT ROOM is an interesting story comprised of four narratives surrounding four women from four different pockets of time, set in Las Vegas, spanning from the sixties to present day. These women connect in ways both direct and indirect and all somehow come in contact with a casino nightclub called the Midnight Room. McBride's characters are diverse, different, and occasionally interesting.. but sadly I really only cared about one of the storylines; or rather one of the women leading p ...more
Annie ~ The Misstery
‘Round Midnight is the second novel written by Laura McBride, whose debut We Are Called to Rise was critically acclaimed and quite big success (and I still haven’t read it!) I admit this was a case of cover love, pure and simple. Isn’t it gorgeous? And then I saw it was set in Las Vegas and in the 50s…

The book was divided into three different parts, all set in Vegas. Firstly it’s the 50s, with June, then the 90s with Honorata and Coral and then Engracia in the present time. But don’t worry if yo
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Leslie
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advance-copy
"Midnight" is a place--a club/cafe in one of the older nightclubs on Las Vegas' Strip--and is the scene that unites all four women in this story told over a period of several decades. The women all come from remarkably different places, but their stories interconnect in amazing ways. This is a beautiful novel about families and love and all the complications of human relations and the human condition. I especially liked the format of the book, with an opening scene of each section showing someon ...more
Barb James
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful, evocative read. Masterfully woven story that hits every emotion on the chart. I WANT MORE!!!!!
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
Our lives are imperfectly intertwined. One kindness can affect many lives. And if you let strangers in, it may as well be your life that is changed forever.

I’m a fan of this kind of stories. Stories with a bright star that doesn’t shine forever but fills others with its light and thus lasts far, far longer. Or stories that are multiple stories tangled up in a massive one, the scope of which is quite unfathomable when it begins, then it becomes everything, a fantastic punch line with a memorable
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Debbie
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I almost gave up on this book. I was about 1/4 through and was not really engaging in the story. In the author's defense, I think it was mostly my fault. I just think I wasn't in the mood to read (I'd read about a dozen books back to back. I set the book down and did something else for a while.

When I went back to it, I was thinking why was I going to put this down? I started reading and was instantly mesmerized and finished the rest of the book.

This was an awesome read about several women who we
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Amanda
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting character study spanning from 1960's to Present with very different characters but in the end their stories all interconnect. It's set in Vegas, which I found interesting, and the writing is very compelling.
TeriLyn
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
**In the Midnight Room generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "Life perfects us..." Stars

I was intrigued by this novel from beginning to end. It's a book that tells four eerily similar stories of 4 distinctly different women. The premise of this book and how it's conceptualized is what kept me hanging on every word of Laura McBride's unique story. I refuse to say in this review that I loved this book, there were aspects that I didn't like at all.
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Laura McBride is the author of In the Midnight Room, a 2017 Indie Next pick, and We Are Called to Rise, a #1 Indie Next pick in 2014. She's also a community college teacher. When a novel makes her laugh or cry, she shares it with a friend. If this were her high school yearbook, she'd write: Love more, fear less.

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