Becoming a Woman of Substance

Becoming a Woman of Substance, sequel to Beguiled, finds Miriam Levine Butler depressed and hopeless. The Great Depression is raging, her marriage is deteriorating, and she is isolated at home with a handicapped child. She vows to change her life to save her life.

This uplifting story of how one woman in 1938 found her “true north,” challenges the stereotype of the good wife and mother, while she discovers fulfilling work and a new love that enriches. Despite desperate world events and personal losses, Miriam rises above the fray and arrives at age 60 as a “woman of substance.” Her struggles mirror resilient women of today, almost one hundred years later.

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Miriam resurrects her old love of the stage when working for the Federal Theatre Project, the New Deal’s program to get performance artists off the dole.

She interviews Dust Bowl refugees in California, excelling in her new job. Until funding fails and she’s out of work again.

WWII and the Holocaust

cause her grief.

Will Miriam become a “woman of substance” or succumb to crises and losses?

About the Author

Karma Kitaj

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

Do you want to delve into the life stories of awe-inspiring people, women who’ve overcome obstacles to get to the top of their profession? Or read about the life of a starry-eyed girl who dreams of acting in New York City in the early 20th century only to discover that life fails to glitter?
Karma Kitaj’s Becoming A Woman of Substance is an extraordinary and captivating story. It can serve as a touchstone for years to come, capturing the era of the Great Depression and pre-WWII so well. Bravo."

Shona Tucker, Mary Riepma Ross Professor and Chair of Drama, Vassar College

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2021-10-06T10:15:54-04:00

Shona Tucker, Mary Riepma Ross Professor and Chair of Drama, Vassar College

Karma Kitaj’s Becoming A Woman of Substance is an extraordinary and captivating story. It can serve as a touchstone for years to come, capturing the era of the Great Depression and pre-WWII so well. Bravo."
Karma Kitaj’s new novel Becoming a Woman of Substance, which focuses on the demise of the wonderful and little known Federal Theatre Project in the late 1930’s, feels contemporary to me. In these challenging times for theater, Kitaj’s story uses history to guide us in how to keep our arts professionals alive.

Dirk Wales, (1931-2020) Writer of the series, Owney, a Lucky Dog, producer, writer and director, Rainbow Productions, graduate of the UCLA theater program

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2021-10-06T10:19:25-04:00

Dirk Wales, (1931-2020) Writer of the series, Owney, a Lucky Dog, producer, writer and director, Rainbow Productions, graduate of the UCLA theater program

Karma Kitaj’s new novel Becoming a Woman of Substance, which focuses on the demise of the wonderful and little known Federal Theatre Project in the late 1930’s, feels contemporary to me. In these challenging times for theater, Kitaj’s story uses history to guide us in how to keep our arts professionals alive.
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