Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will be at Watermark for a reading and signing of her new novel, The Divorce Girl.
The Divorce Girl is a stunning come of age story set in mid-New Jersey in the mid-70s in the middle of a mosaic of eccentric characters. Meet Deborah Shapiro, a teenage photographer whose parents' outrageous divorce lands her in the biggest flea market in the free world, a Greek diner with immigration issues, a New York City taxi company, a radical suburban synagogue, a hippie-owned boutique, and bowling alleys, beaches and bagel shops. As her home explodes apart, a first love, a series of almost-mothers, and a comical collection of mentors show Deborah how to make art out of life, and life from the wreckage of a broken home. This debut novel of Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg travels through wild loss, untended grief and bad behavior with humor and imagination, illuminating how a daring heart can turn a broken girl into a woman strong enough to craft a life of art and soul.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including the forthcoming Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other (Potomac Books); The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Press); four collections of poetry; the anthologies An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate (co-editor, Ice Cube Press) and Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems (editor, Woodley Press). Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word – at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats. Her website and blog: www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com