Join us in the store on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Betsy Carter for her new novel, "We Were Strangers Once." Book signing to follow!
On the eve of World War II, Egon Schneider—a gallant and successful Jewish doctor, son of two world-famous naturalists—escapes Germany to an uncertain future across the sea. Settling into the unfamiliar rhythms of upper Manhattan, he finds solace among a tight-knit group of fellow immigrants, tenacious men and women drawn together as much by their differences as by their memoires of the worlds they left behind.
They each suffer degradations and triumphs large and small: Bestselling author Meyer Leavitt now wears a sandwich board on a New York street corner; headstrong Catrina Harty, daughter of a dirt poor Irish trolley driver, survives heartbreak and loss to forge an unlikely alliance; and Egon himself must abandon his thriving medical practice to become the “Cheese Man” at a Washington Heights grocery store. But their spirits remain unbroken; and when their little community is faced with an existential threat, these strangers rise up together in hopes of creating a permanent home. Written in her trademark gorgeous prose, Betsy Carter’s indelible novel will resonate with anyone who has ever felt adrift or longed for what was left behind.
Betsy Carter is the daughter of German immigrants and the author of the novels "Swim to Me," "The Orange Blossom Special," and "The Puzzle King," as well as her memoir "Nothing to Fall Back On." She is also the creator and editor of New York Woman Magazine and has worked at many magazines, including Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, and Esquire.