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Julia Fierro

Cutting Teeth

Julia Fierro Cutting Teeth
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Biographical note:

Julia Fierro's writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, The Millions, Poets & Writers, Flavorwire and other publications, and she has been profiled in The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop; what started as eight writers meeting in her kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2000 writers. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Julia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. She can be found online at juliafierro.com and on Twitter @juliafierro

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"Entertaining, wise, heart-breaking at times, Cutting Teeth is an outstanding debut. Julia Fierro's particular genius is her ability to understand and render the vagaries of the human heart."

~ Therese Anne Fowler, author of the bestselling Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

 

One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow.

 

They include Nicole, the neurotic hostess terrified by internet rumors that something big and bad is going to happen in New York City that week; stay-at-home dad Rip, grappling with the reality that his careerist wife will likely deny him a second child, forcing him to disrupt the life he loves; Allie, one half of a two-mom family, and an ambitious artist, facing her ambivalence toward family life; Tiffany, comfortable with her amazing body but not so comfortable in the upper-middle class world the other characters were born into; and Leigh, a blue-blood secretly facing financial ruin and dependent on Tenzin, the magical Tibetan nanny everyone else covets. These tensions build, burn, and collide over the course of the weekend, culminating in a scene in which the ultimate rule of the group is broken. 

 

Cutting Teeth captures the complex dilemmas of early mid-life—the vicissitudes of friendship, of romantic and familial love, and of sex. It explores class tension, status hunger, and the unease of being in possession of life's greatest bounty while still wondering, is this as good as it gets?  It exposes the motives that drive us to commit the bad behaviors we thought we'd left behind in our 20s, and reveals the damage those mistakes inflict. And, perhaps most of all, Julia Fierro’s thought-provoking debut explores the all-consuming love we feel for those we need most, and the sacrifice and self-compromise that underpins that love. 

 

All this is packed into a page-turning, character-driven novel that crackles with life and unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers glued as they cringe and laugh with compassion, incredulousness, and, most of all, self-recognition. Cutting Teeth is a warm, whip-smart and unpretentious literary novel, perfect for readers of Tom Perrotta and Meg Wolitzer.

 

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