Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplentyeven when Prohibition kicks inand Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.
When the Great Depression hits, Mazie's life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won't help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.
Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it's discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.
Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell's classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg's signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie's rise to "sainthood"and her irrepressible spiritis unforgettable. *Includes Reading Group Guide*
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and four novels, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, Real Simple, Elle, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Finish in a day. Story about a woman who pretty much lives her entire life in NYC working as the ticket person at a movie theatre. Beginning in the early 1900's we follow diary entries by Mazie who is the definition of a free spirit who just wants to experience life. Her entries are broken up by modern day chapters by people who knew Mazie or the guy who found her diary. Thru the years up to the late 1930's, Mazie spends the depression helping the hobos and homeless on the streets and her sister with depression and OCD. She is strong, endearing, vain in some ways, compassionate and really non judgmental. Way ahead of her time. Lovely read.
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