Florence Kraut will present her debut novel, How to Make a Life, which follows Ida and her daughter Bessie who flee a pogrom in Ukraine for American in 1905. They believe their emigration will ensure that their children and grandchildren will be safe from harm. But choices and decisions made by one generation have ripple effects on those who come later—and in the decades that follow, family secrets, betrayals, and mistakes made in the name of love threaten the survival of the family who must learn to accept each other’s differences–or risk cutting ties with the very people who anchor their place in the world.
Florence will read excerpts from her book and respond to interview questions that explore the history, experiences and driving forces that led her to write this historical fiction.
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A sampling of reviews:
“An engaging and heartfelt portrayal of intergenerational trauma and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews
“How to Make a Life: A Novel by Florence Reiss Kraut is a beautifully written historical novel that explores family themes and the challenges of emigration. . . . The prose is gorgeous, the narrative voice compelling and hugely observant. ―Readers’ Favorite
“Florence Reiss Kraut’s rich, gutsy, and poignant novel, How to Make a Life, is the saga of four generations of an immigrant family held together by the legacy of trauma and the loyalties of succeeding generations. ―Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of award-winning novels Hard Cider and Even in Darkness
Florence Reiss Kraut is a native New Yorker, raised and educated in New York City. She holds a BA in English and an MSW in social work, and she worked for over thirty years as a family therapist before retiring to concentrate on her writing and (pre-Covid) travel widely. She lives in Rye, NY where she and her husband raised their three children.