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Rediscovering Secrets


Francine Prose
The Vixen

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and her new book, The Vixen. Her works of nonfiction include the highly praised Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, which has become a classic. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Fierce Little Thing

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet, June, Set Me Free, and The Effects of Light. Her new novel, Fierce Little Thing, was published in late July to critical acclaim. The daughter of a writer and an anthropologist, she was born in Los Angeles, California  and grew up in Senegal, Vermont, and Oregon. In 1998, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and is recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction. She writes full time from her home in Vermont, where she lives with her family.

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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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