Greenberg Families Library's "Book Festival in Your Living Room" Presents an evening with Francine Prose
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality
THE VIXEN is the latest novel from critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose.The year is 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate, has landed an ed itorial role at a distinguished New York City publisher. Thrust into a glittering world of martini lunches, exclusive literary salons, and old-money aristocrats in exquisitely tailored suits, Simon finds himself a far cry from his loving, middle-class Jewish family in Coney Island. But Simon’s first assignment—editing The Vixen, the Patriot and the Fanatic, a lurid bodice-ripper improbably based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, a potboiler intended to shore up the firm’s failing finances—makes him question the cost of admission. Because Simon has a secret that, at the height of the Red Scare and the McCarthy hearings, he cannot reveal: his beloved mother was a childhood friend of Ethel Rosenberg’s. Indeed, his parents mourn Ethel’s death.
THE VIXEN rewards its reader with an eminently satisfying conclusion. It is the sort of work most needed right now. At once domestic and political, contemporary and historic, funny and heartbreaking, the novel illuminates a period of history with eerily striking similarities to the current moment.
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