Shocking Mom? My Mom? As If.

My mother's phallic art
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A while ago, I was running with a new friend. Running is a great way to get to know people, all those miles to fill with talk. In the course of our getting-to-know you conversation, she said, “My mom is an artist.” “Really?” I said. “Mine too!” Not only did we have something to bond about, but she would understand my particular neuroses. “So,” I asked, “are you in therapy…

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Forget Raindrops on Roses; Pass the Rye!

Angel's Envy Rye
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What are my favorite things? Why, I’m so glad you asked! Because I have so many favorite things and I have SUCH strong feelings about them! Let me tell you about my favorite… Writing tool: Scrivener! The corkboard option is worth the price of admission alone. Such an easy way to organize my writing. Running shoe: Yes, I’m a geek and I love my Sauconys. They should pay me, I…

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The Anti-Role Model: Can You Be Creative and Happy?

Dorothy Parker in backyard of residence at 412 West 47th Street, New York City
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

At one point in my young adulthood, I realized that all the writers I looked up to were either drunks, depressives, or both. As I’ve mentioned before, I live my life in a Midnight in Paris state of mind: I glamorize the past. Though I know that the 1920s saw an emancipation of sorts for women exerting their freedom, it was still a time of restrictions and rules and, of…

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NEWS FLASH–Daffodil Edition

Latest News
Sunday, April 17, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer Huelsebusch, winner of  our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Emily Liebert’s SOME WOMEN. From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller THE CITY…

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The Next Book: Diving In

Hebrew Orphans Asylum 1920s
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Talking about Next Book* feels funny to me. I have a difficult time talking about what I’m working on, because it’s constantly changing. If you had asked me early on in the writing of MODERN GIRLS, I would have told you that Dottie had gotten pregnant by her boyfriend Abe, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to marry him; the story took place in Newark, NJ; and her mother Rose…

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News Flash–MODERN GIRLS Edition

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Sunday, April 10, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer, winner of  Julie Cohen’s DEAR THING! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller is still flying high from…

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MODERN GIRLS and the Family Expectation to Keep Culture Alive

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Friday, April 8, 2016

I devoured MODERN GIRLS. From the moment that I met the mother/daughter co-narrators, Rose and Dottie Krasinsky, I was sucked into their world and caught up in their lives. One of the most compelling aspects of the story is the not just the flashback to 1935, but the richly drawn glimpse into a Jewish immigrant enclave. One of the central tensions of the book is the classic immigrant family pull…

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Pub Day: MODERN GIRLS Goes Into the World

MODERN GIRLS Pub Day
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I’ve started this post at least twelve times, but keep deleting it because I can’t seem to find the right words. Today is my pub day. That deserves capitals. Today is my Pub Day. PUB DAY, people! MODERN GIRLS is officially in the world. Unreal. People have been asking how I’ll be spending my Pub Day, and the honest answer is “quietly.” If the snow is melted (yes, snow; Boston…

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MODERN GIRLS and Family Expectations

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Monday, April 4, 2016

This week on the Debutante Ball is a big one—it’s pub week for our very own Jennifer S. Brown! Jennifer’s incredible novel MODERN GIRLS is the first of our books to be published, and we couldn’t have been luckier than to have Jennifer go through this process first. We have all been grateful recipients of Jennifer’s wisdom and experience. She constantly shares wonderful ideas, inspires us with her hard work…

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