Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Lynda Cohen Loigman's latest gift...plus a book giveaway

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We're so pleased to have Lynda Cohen Loigman back at CLC today to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, The Matchmaker's Gift. Taking place between two different time periods, this novel is an unforgettable treat. Melissa said it is one of her 2022 favorites. Check out her review. Lynda is here to talk about this novel and has one copy to share with a lucky reader!

Lynda recently published a short story for Heartbeat, so definitely check that out as well!

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, MA. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Her debut novel, Two-Family House, was a USA Today bestseller and a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction.

Her second novel, The Wartime Sisters, was selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick and a Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple Magazine. The Matchmakers Gift is her third novel. (Bio courtesy of Lynda's website.)

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Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman knows her gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s vocation is dominated by devout older men―men who see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. After making matches in secret for more than a decade, Sara must fight to take her rightful place among her peers, and to demand the recognition she deserves.

Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. But among the faded volumes, Abby finds more questions than answers. Why did Abby’s grandmother leave this library to her and what did she hope Abby would discover within its pages? Why does the work Abby once found so compelling suddenly feel inconsequential and flawed? Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

"Loigman brilliantly illuminates the struggle of two women, generations apart, torn between society’s traditions and expectations and their own personal fulfillment. The novel bubbles with romance and love matches, yet the joys of early infatuation are deftly layered over an exquisite exploration of grief. Glorious and powerful."
––Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

"Combining authentic historical fiction with mystery and a touch of romance, Loigman artfully reminds us that the past is never far, the present is a gift and the future is ours for the making. The Matchmaker’s Gift is timely and timeless, and readers should make time for this original and touching story about the things that matter most."
––Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman With The Blue Star

"Loigman once again taps into her exquisite ability to create rich characters that take us into the past while at the same time telling a universal story about destiny, family, and being authentic. I got lost equally in the stories of both Sara and Abby and was charmed by their connection to each other as well as to their craft. With her trademark ability to spin a tale and the heart with which she does it, Loigman has provided her readers with a story they won’t soon forget."
––Susie Orman Schnall, author of We Came Here to Shine

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing The Matchmaker's Gift?
Writing this novel was an escape for me during the first year of Covid. I am incredibly proud of the fact that I wrote the most joyful book of my career during such a dark time in our collective history. The writing was its own reward—it was a balm for my soul in the middle of so much loss. In terms of challenges, this was my first dual timeline story, and I didn’t realize how much work that would be. It was essentially writing two separate stories, and I had to pay a lot of attention to the arc of each main character. I wrote the book in the order that you read it, so I was constantly weaving together the timelines and that was sometimes headache-inducing!
Who do you relate to more, Sara or Abby?

This is a tough one. I should relate to Abby more. Like Abby, I was working as a young lawyer in 1994. I never worked on divorce cases, but I did work on a few prenuptial agreements. In fact, I worked on one for a well-known artist who was marrying a model, and I based a little bit of my story on some of those encounters. In truth, however, I probably relate more to Sara. I’m not as self-assured as she is, but now that I have reached my fifties, I am starting to develop some of the confidence that eluded me when I was younger. I admire the way Sara cares for her family and the way she shows interest in the lives of everyone around her. She uses he gift to make connections, and that’s something I love about her.
If The Matchmaker's Gift were made into a movie, what are some songs you would include on the soundtrack? 
Ace of Base’s "The Sign" for sure. It’s perfect for Abby’s timeline, and it was a big hit in 1994. And then for Sara’s timeline, probably the Cole Porter song "True Love." It’s the sweetest song. Bing Crosby sings it in the movie High Society, and it makes me cry every time I hear it.
Which TV series are you currently binge watching?

I am watching Bad Sisters, which is full of intense character studies. And, of course, season two of Indian Matchmaking! I can’t wait for the new season of the Great British Bake Off.
What is your favorite thing about the upcoming Jewish holiday season?
The timing of the holidays is tricky this year because my book comes out a week before Rosh Hashanah. Honestly, I love everything about the Jewish holidays—the sense of renewal and hope, the fact that a new year is beginning, and the idea that we can ask for forgiveness and start fresh. I also love making apple cake from my mother’s old recipe.
Have you ever been a matchmaker for anyone? 
I’ve definitely set people up before, but none of my set-ups have ever turned into lasting relationships. My husband and I were set up on a blind date though, so I have definitely benefited from the process!

Thanks to Lynda for visiting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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Jeanne said...

No, I’ve not been a matchmaker, although my best friend was responsible for getting my husband and I together. We were married for 44 years before he passed away.

Carla S. said...

I've never made a match for someone.

Anonymous said...

I haven’t made a match for anyone. My name is Padmini Rao

Jess said...

I tried to set up two friends when one moved to the other one's city for an internship back when we were in university. Unbenkownst to me at the time, one was gay :( womp womp

Toni Laliberte said...

I have made one match successfully. They've been together for twenty years, married for seven.

traveler said...

I have tried to several times and one was successful.

diannekc said...

No, I've never made a match for anyone.

Bonnie K. said...

No, I have not made a match for anyone;, nor, have I ever attempted to.

dstoutholcomb said...

I have not made a successful match for anyone.

Mary C said...

I have never attempted to make a match for anyone.

Tatum Rangel said...

Never have I played matchmaker.

Carl Scott said...

I've only been an inadvertent matchmaker, but I have introduced two couples who ended up getting married. They're still together as far as I know.

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Linda Kish said...

I have not made a match for anyone.

Mary Preston said...

No, best not to interfere.

Lelandlee said...

Never have