Beguiled

Beguiled

by Karma Kitaj

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Overview

Beguiled is about every person who ever had dreams that were interrupted by cultural mores, by discrimination, or by their own shortcomings. Miriam Levine, born in 1900, dreamed of going on stage, until an almost fatal mis-step forced her to postpone her “real life.” A serendipitous offer compelled her to confront her inner demons and society’s expectations. As Glinda, the Good Witch of the South in the Wizard of Oz, she recites at age 16: “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

The story is inspirational for young people and their parents who dearly wish to access the American dream. The historical context of the decades before the Great Depression, the role of immigrants and women’s suffrage parallels tough political dilemmas that the US faces today.

Will Miriam have the gumption to follow her dreams? Will those dreams yield her the happiness she seeks? Or will she find that her childhood fantasies “beguile” her to seek ‘fool’s gold?’

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633935617
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karma Kitaj, PhD, has been in the listening business for decades. As an astute listener, she works with trauma survivors as a psychotherapist and with Baby Boomers as a life coach, making her ear a splendid instrument for "hearing" the voices of her characters. She parlayed her skill into researching and writing about high-achieving women in 2 books: Women Who Could... and Did, Lives of 26 Exemplary Artists and Scientists and Women Riders Who Could... and Did, Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes. She authored a blog and articles for online publications, such as the Huffington Post. She contributed a chapter on creativity to Live Smart After 50! The Experts Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times. Kitaj has hosted a TV show she created, called "New Adventures As We Age" where she interviewed 100+ people over age 50. These are all archived on YouTube and Vimeo.

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