The Old West End of Boston

The Old West End of Boston

The story opens up with Miriam Levine Bing returning to her childhood home in the old West End of Boston. This is 1921 and she is twenty-one, having left her abusive husband, holding her two-year old son. An unusual occurrence in those days for a woman to leave her...

Hello to Beguiled, my Soon to be Published Novel

Hello to Beguiled, my Soon to be Published Novel

I've thought for years that I had a novel brewing inside of me. Then one snowy Boston day 3 years ago, I sat down to my computer and started writing. What came out was a story about the kind of life my late mother, Jeanne Brooks Kitaj, could have had, if she had had...

How to Write Your First Novel… or Not

How to Write Your First Novel… or Not

When I began talking about wanting to write a novel, my husband said: "What? You've never even taken a writing class!" Well, maybe his challenge motivated me. I don't like to think I can't do something I set my mind to. So, after I wrote the entire FIRST draft of the...