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The Good People of New Yorkby Thisbe Nissen
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When Roz Rosenzweig meets Edwin Anderson fumbling for keys on the stoop of a Manhattan walk-up, the last thing on her mind is falling for a polite Nebraskan–yet fall for him she does. So begins Thisbe Nissen’s breathtaking debut novel, a decidedly urban fairy tale that follows Roz and Edwin as they move from improbable courtship to marriage to the birth of daughter Miranda–the locus of all Roz’s attention, anxiety, and often smothering affection.
As Miranda comes of age and begins to chafe against the intensity of her mother’s neurotic love, Roz must do her best to let those she cherishes move into the world without her. On crowded subways, in strange bedrooms, at Bar Mitzvahs, in brownstone basements and high school gymnasiums, Nissen’s unforgettable characters make their hilarious and wrenching way–and prove, indeed, that good things thrive in New York City.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Roz Rosenzweig's marriage to Edwin Anderson is threatened by the birth of their daughter, which produces a mother-daughter bond so strong it threatens to overwhelm the entire relationship. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.
A voice that is by turns funny and poignant . . . conjures serious emotions with grace, humor and gravity. --SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's discussion of The Good People of New York, Thisbe Nissen's sparkling debut novel.
About the Author
Thisbe Nissen is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former James Michener Fellow. She is the author of Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, and her stories have appeared in Story and Seventeen. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Iowa.
From the Hardcover edition.
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