P&P Live! Francine Prose — THE VIXEN - with Ivy Meeropol

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

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It’s 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate newly hired by a distinguished New York publishing firm, has entered a glittering world of three-martini lunches, exclusive literary parties, and old-money aristocrats in exquisitely tailored suits, 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. His parents mourn Ethel’s death.

Simon’s dilemma grows thornier when he meets The Vixen’s author, the startlingly beautiful, reckless, seductive Anya Partridge, ensconced in her opium-scented boudoir in a luxury Hudson River mental asylum. As mysteries deepen, as the confluence of sex, money, politics and power spirals out of Simon’s control, he must face what he’s lost by exchanging the loving safety of his middle-class Jewish parents’ Coney Island apartment for the witty, whiskey-soaked orbit of his charismatic boss, the legendary Warren Landry. Gradually Simon realizes that the people around him are not what they seem, that everyone is keeping secrets, that ordinary events may conceal a diabolical plot—and that these crises may steer him toward a brighter future.

Francine Prose is the author of 21works of fiction including the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Prose will be in conversation with Ivy Meeropol, a director and producer of documentaries for film and television like Indian Point and Heir to an Execution. She premiered her HBO documentary Bully, Coward, Victim: The Story of Roy Cohn at the 2019 New York Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and is currently in production on a new documentary film for HBO, airing Summer 2022.

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ISBN: 9780063012141
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Published: Harper - June 29th, 2021

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