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
Hasia R. Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History
Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University
Robin Lynn, Guide to New York Urban Landscapes
Duane Lucia, Director, West End Museum, Boston
Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Romance Author, Watch Over Me
Ayelet Waldman, Author of Love and Treasure
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.
News & Events
My sequel to BEGUILED is a historical novel taking place between 1938, when the Great Depression is still evident, to the 1970s. Most of the story covers the years 1938-1942. There are a number of (I hope) compelling scenes of the protagonist Miriam Butler working for...
I'm writing the sequel to the first novel that was published in 2018. It covers the period between 1938 - about 1950. The protagonist Miriam meets a man 10 years her junior on assignment from the Federal Theater Project, funded by the WPA during the New Deal to keep...