Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Rediscovering Secrets
Francine Prose
Francine Prose
The Vixen
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Fierce Little Thing

The past often comes back to haunt us; secrets bind us together and tear us apart.  Master storyteller Francine Prose brings us The Vixen, the story of a unlucky publicist. It’s 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate is hired by a distinguished New York publishing firm and has entered a glittering world of three-martini lunches and exclusive literary parties. But his first assignment—editing The Vixen, the Patriot and the Fanatic, a lurid bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, makes him question the cost. Because Simon has a secret that, at the height of the Red Scare, he cannot reveal: his mother was a childhood friend of Ethel Rosenberg’s and his parents mourn her death. 

In Miranda Beverly Whitmore’s Fierce Little Thing, Saskia is a damaged, lonely teenager when she arrived at the lakeside commune called Home. Two decades later, Saskia is shuttered in her Connecticut estate, estranged from the others. Her carefully walled life is torn open by threatening letters. Unless she and her former friends return to the land in rural Maine, the terrible thing they did as teenagers―their last-ditch attempt to save Home―will be revealed.

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