of youth and desire
When Miriam Levine’s plans of acting in New York City are foiled because of an almost fatal mis-step, she recovers by doing the unthinkable. This decision causes her angst, but allows her to live out her dream in 1920s New York and Provincetown, MA, where she hobnobs with famous people like Eugene O’Neill.
and historical settings
The impetus for Beguiled was the life that author Karma Kitaj’s mother, Jeanne Brooks Kitaj, could have had, if she’d had the gumption. The setting is Boston’s ethnically diverse old West End in the early 1900s, then Greenwich Village and Provincetown during the Roaring Twenties.
About the Author
In publishing books about high-achieving people, Karma Kitaj (pronounced “Key-Tie”) has tied together a long-standing love of books with a family emphasis on lifelong learning. As a teenager, Karma devoured Great Books – Dostoevsky, Proust, Kafka. Her mother, an English teacher, grilled her on grammar so she could place first in state English and Latin competitions. In the mid-1980s, when she was turning 40, Karma, a licensed social worker with a thriving private practice, returned to school to complete her Ph.D., responding to her elderly Viennese grandmother’s insistent question: “When are you going to finish your studies?”
Meet the Strong Female Characters
in Karma’s Books
Duane Lucia, Director, West End Museum, Boston
Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Romance Author, Watch Over Me
Joan Ditzion, an “aging activist,” LICSW, Co-Founder of Our Bodies,Ourselves and co-author of 9 Editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Ourselves and Our Children, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause.
Robin Lynn, Guide to New York Urban Landscapes
Ayelet Waldman, Author of Love and Treasure
Hasia R. Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History
Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University
News & Events
Who was Ma in the story of BEGUILED? Here is a fictional interview conducted late in the story with the mother of Miriam. By now, she has a little perspective on her life. KK: Ma, you were always so angry and critical of your only daughter Miriam. What drove you to...
I've never had an affiliation with being Jewish. Never introduced to Jewish history or tradition growing up. I've learned more about being Jewish from writing BEGUILED than I ever knew before. My family was secular, culturally identified with being Jewish, but did not...