Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Pub­bing in Octo­ber from Houghton Mif­flin Harcourt:

New York in 1947 glows with post-war ener­gy. Har­ry Copeland, an elite para­troop­er who fought behind ene­my lines in Europe, returns home to run the fam­i­ly busi­ness. In a sin­gle, mag­i­cal encounter on the Stat­en Island fer­ry, the young singer and heiress Cather­ine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to pre­vent her engage­ment to a much old­er man. Har­ry and Cather­ine pur­sue one anoth­er in a romance played out in post­war Amer­i­ca’s Broad­way the­aters, Long Island man­sions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gang­sters. Cather­ine’s choice of Har­ry over her long-time fiancé endan­gers Harry’s liveli­hood and even­tu­al­ly threat­ens his life.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.