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Clearly the pace of the posts here at The Lit Cafe have slowed.  Perhaps some of you find this a relief as you attempt to relax this summer. Behind the scenes, we are still busy.  The new web site is being coded, and a beta version should be on-line next week!  So look forward to a fall debut.

Michelle Zackheim and Vanessa Redgrave

Michelle Zackheim and Vanessa Redgrave

Also, we are still roaming the city and the on-line world for interesting bits of culture and conversation that stem from books.  For example, Monday night my friend Barb and I attended a reading of Last Train to Paris at the wonderful McNally Jackson bookstore in Soho.  Instead of a reading by author Michele Zackheim, the book was brought to life by her dear friend Vanessa Redgrave.  The award-winning actress brought great vigor to severalLast Train to Paris excerpts from this story of an American writer in Paris on the eve of World War II.  Based on real events from the Zackheim’s past, this piece of historical fiction includes a kidnapping, an unsolved murder and the lead character’s struggle with her own ethnic identity as the Nazi’s rise to power.

imgres-1I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but stay tuned for a review.  So on to a book to recommend for the book club or your next read: Julia Fierro’s Cutting Teeth.  This is Fierro’s debut novel, which I approached with a jaundiced eye.  My interest in privileged mothers in Park Slope and their children was minimal.  But I enjoyed the book immensely.  Parents from a children’s play  group gather at a Long Island summer home for the weekend.  The home is not in some tony town, so the action does not get usurped by the scene.  The complexities of spouses, insecurities and real issues that consume lives is the heart of the plot.  There are some surprising plot twists with a somewhat predictable crisis.  But certainly this is a great read for the beach, train, plain or bed time.

Read It!

Read It!

Julia Fierro is the founder of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, which has been a creative home to over 2000 writers since 2002. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Millions, Flavorwire, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.



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