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Saint Mazie (Paperback)

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    Attenberg brings to life the story of the “Queen of the Bowery” Mazie Phillips-Gordon from her best to her hardest times. Though the moments in the book cover a wide range of times and experiences, Attenberg’s light touch never falls prey to heavy-handedness and instead sweeps the reader into Mazie and her compatriot’s world. Written in journal form with "interview" interludes, the reading experience is an intimate and exciting one. She walks the streets of New York, bangles jingling, sharing what wealth and energy she has. But Mazie isn't a sob story. Part lesson in street smarts, part spiritual exploration of what makes us keep working against all odds, Mazie is a unique novel of one of the most fascinating historical figures you've never heard about. (Hannah)

    — From Hannah


    Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty--even when Prohibition kicks in--and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.
    When the Great Depression hits, Mazie's life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won't help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.
    Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it's discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.
    Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell's classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg's signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie's rise to "sainthood"--and her irrepressible spirit--is unforgettable. *Includes Reading Group Guide*

    About the Author

    Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and four novels, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, Real Simple, Elle, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781455599905
    ISBN-10: 1455599905
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
    Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
    Pages: 336
    Language: English