Beguiled is the story of feisty Miriam Levine, first generation Russian Jewish girl from Boston’s West End of the early 1900s. The starry-eyed child, beset by obstacles, dreams of going on stage, introduced to theater by her culture-maven Pop.
Her fantasy of being a star in New York City is foiled because of an almost fatal misstep. Resilient as she is, she recovers by defying convention and doing the unthinkable. Her decision causes angst, but offers the thrill of living out her dream in 1920s New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The backdrop of the flu epidemic, the Great War through the Roaring Twenties and the eventual stock market crash set the stage for tumultuous happenings that challenge Miriam’s spirit, mirroring dilemmas the US faces today.
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W.W. Norton, 2013
Duane Lucia, Director, West End Museum, Boston
Hasia R. Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History
Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University
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.
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?”