There were some things Lillian Levinson couldn't say, even to herself. In the collected Giffort Street stories, you'll enter seven gracious homes on an elm-lined street. You'll meet self-absorbed parents who are unaware of how their trusted nanny is shaping their daughters' lives, a decent young man uncomfortable being treated like a hero, a couple whose bedroom furniture nearly destroys their marriage, a man who realizes that the first neighbor he meets after he moves in is a bigot, and a family fighting the Vietnam War in their living room. In the title story, Harry Danced Divinely, the lack of a tea bag makes an elderly Jewish woman decide to teach her spoiled adult son a shocking public lesson. The stories Harry Danced Divinely, An Authentic Hero, Neighbors, and The Queen Anne Bedroom Set are exclusive to this book.
I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Reading was my escape from the legendary Buffalo winters and probably contributed to my becoming a writer. I like strong plots and strong characters. A new book is a new adventure! When I conceived the idea for HARRY DANCED DIVINELY, I thought it would be interesting to use the physical setting in which I was raised--the gracious homes and magnificent elms that graced my childhood. I wanted to plant the trees again, to walk under the elms in my imagination as they once were, stark and lofty as the skeleton of a cathedral in the winter, rustling green umbrellas of shade in the summer, dripping gold in the fall... You can read more about me and my books--REALITIES, THE LAST SEASON, THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE, THE WRITERS' CONFERENCE, and HARRY DANCED DIVINELY-- at www.mariandschwartz.com