Monday, April 4, 2016

Spotlight and Giveaway: Modern Girls

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown publishes tomorrow. To celebrate, Berkley/NAL has TWO copies for some lucky US readers!

A new work of historical fiction introduces readers to New York City’s insular, chaotic district of Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. Set in 1935 against the backdrop of World War II’s ominous approach, Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS (New American Library Trade Paperback Original) follows the interlocking narratives of fierce, industrious nineteen-year-old Dottie Krasinsky, and her mother, Rose, as they both wrestle with unwanted pregnancies.

Though Dottie lives with her traditional Yiddish-speaking parents, she’s as modern as a 1930’s girl can get: she has just been promoted to head bookkeeper at a glittering midtown office, andnplans to marry her swoon-worthy boyfriend Abe. But after a fight with Abe, and a single careless night with the charismatic but unsuitable Willie, Dottie finds herself in the family way. Desperate, she is unwed, unsure, and running out of options.

Meanwhile, as news of Jewish persecution in Europe spreads, Rose longs to return to the social activism she embraced as a young woman in Russia. But when she finds herself pregnant with a fifth child, she wrestles with profound disappointment at being forced to once again set aside political work, even as her brother remains trapped in Poland.

As both mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, they are forced to confront their beliefs, and the changing world around them. What they choose to do next will yield astonishing lessons about what truly lies in each woman’s heart. Only one thing is for sure: neither will ever be the same again.

A gorgeously rendered debut filled with rich historical detail, MODERN GIRLS resonates with timely and important themes, including the pangs of cultural assimilation, and the sometimes painful ways in which we are tethered to community—and to each other.


Photo by Jim Pogozelski
Jennifer S. Brown has published fiction and creative nonfiction in Fiction Southeast, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The Southeast Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, and the Bellevue Literary Review, among other places. Her essay “The Codeine of Jordan” was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Travel Writing in 2012. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Washington. Visit Jennifer at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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24 comments:

Janine said...

I would probably say what makes me modern is the way I dress

Kristi said...

My mom and I have a lot in common, actually. We both have strong leadership skills and take-charge personalities. Okay, we are maybe a little bossy. And we like to do a lot of the same types of things in our free time; sewing, reading, crafting. I love being like my mom!

Bonnie Franks said...

I would say that what makes me modern is my ability and sometimes just my willingness to embrace technology.

traveler said...

My mother is gone, but I have become just like she was and everything I do and think is identical to how she behaved and thought. Being sincere, honest, kind, and frugal.

rhonda said...

What makes me modern is my liberal thoughts.

L Bryant said...

I don't hold myself to unrealistic societal e pec tattoos of what women can and cannot do.

Anonymous said...

My mother and I have a lot in common. We are both strong willed, determined and willing to persevere through trying circumstances. We love to read, to give to others and find strength in that morning cup of coffee ;)

Jessica Meddick said...

Well I just bought an open floor plan, industrial type condominium in downtown Charleston SC so I think that makes me pretty modern. =]

rubynreba said...

I would say that what makes me modern is that I enjoy trying all the new technological advances.

Bonnie K. said...

I'm a mix of modern and old-fashioned. I do accept some change and do like some of the tech stuff available, but I also like simplicity in every day living. The similarities I have with my mother is that we were both able to stay home and raise our children and both like to cook and be frugal when we need to. I'm a little more open minded to the various lifestyles even if I choose to be traditional. I do believe that my love of reading came from my mother.
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susieqlaw said...

My Mom and I have the same eyes and hands. We are both extroverted with pleasant dispositions.

Grandma Cootie said...

I'm not sure I'm all that modern. But my mother and I had our love of reading and cooking in common.

Laurice McClung said...

I guess being a working mother makes me modern-ish.

Susan Roberts said...

My mom and I both love to read and we have similar taste in books.

Amy Bez said...

We are both strong-willed women who love to read!

Bethany Clark said...

I will comment on my daughter and myself, we love to shop in the same stores - American Eagle, Gap, etc. I had her young so that has made for a great bonding experience!

Cindy B said...

My mom and I both love to read and love to see Broadway shows

Letty B. said...

I guess I'd have to say what makes me modern is that I like current music, mostly alternative rock. I love classic rock and pop music but I really enjoy the new stuff, too! And I'm pretty much a lover (most of the time) of modern technology and try to keep up with that.

Kimberly V said...

My mother and I both love to read.

Anonymous said...

My mom and I are both OCD about cleaning and organization.

Suzy

Kelly Rodriguez said...

My mom and I have a lot in common. We both love to read and go for long walks. We both are devoted to caring for our families. This is definitely a trait I learned from my mom.

Tatum Rangel said...

I'm not sure what makes me modern; however, my promoting literature through social media could be a start with being modern.

Hailey Fish said...

Not sure at all! Maybe the fact that I'm always on social media when it comes to books!

Nova said...

i would say what my Mom and i have in common would be that we both love being a mom, that we do our best to take care of our family, and we both like to bake.