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Cutting Teeth: A Novel Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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When families from a New York City play group gather together for a Labor Day retreat, personalities clash in a weekend of cliquey behavior and tantrums. Nicole organized the party as an excuse to get her family out of the city during what she anxiously fears will be a terrorist attack, and her friends all come for their own ulterior reasons. Susanna hopes the trip will convince her partner to move to the suburbs, Rip aims to persuade his wife to have a second child, and Leigh is avoiding a crisis awaiting her at home. With spouses and toddlers in tow, the weekend drags on and patience wanes, but it’s Tiffany, mom to the only girl in the group, who is the ultimate loose cannon. Fierro’s first novel captures the complexity of forging new friendships and redefining lives as contemporary parents. Although largely unsympathetic, her characters are meticulously drawn, the situations emotionally charged. Readers, especially young parents, won’t be able to look away from the train wreck of urban family dysfunction on display here. --Cortney Ophoff
"Cutting Teeth sings with beautiful sentences, masterfully crafted scenes, and a deeply imagined inner life for each character...a fresh perspective on the journey of parenting that is at once modern and timeless." - The Boston Globe
"At times heart-wrenching and, at others, hilarious, Fierro produces a true-to-life narrative more addictive than these fictional parents' worst vices. Indulge." - Oprah.com
"Readers won't be able to look away." - Booklist
"Poignant, relatable and at times gasp-worthy, Cutting Teeth is a page-turner." - RT Book Review
“When a group of thirty-something parents gather at a ramshackle beach house called Eden, no serpent is required for the sins, carnal and otherwise, to pile up. Fierro, founder of Brooklyn's Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, argued in The Millions last year that writers need to put the steam--and the human sentiment--back into sex scenes in literary novels. You may want to keep Fierro's debut novel on a high shelf, away from children and prudish literary snobs.” ―The Millions
“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 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
“Timely and observant, Julia Fierro's writing feels like real life. She captures the anxiety of our times with the authority, insight--and humor--of lived experience.” ―Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles
“Immediately satisfying and emotionally astute. Fierro's writing is clear and precise, and in her hands, this ambitious project, told through different voices, reads as smoothly as a peanut butter sandwich with the crusts cut off.” ―Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
“Julia Fierro's Cutting Teeth offers immense rewards to readers far beyond those who will identify with the frantic, conflicted, yearning parents who fill the novel (though many will). It's for any reader seeking a tale rich in character, strong in voice and filled with both incisive social critique and a luminous generosity of spirit, a rare combination indeed.” ―Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The End of Everything
“One of the most compelling and trenchant novels I've read in years. A fearless and unrelenting portrait of urban parenting--its nuanced complexities, its ceaseless labor, its rare but transcendent moments of pleasure--done with dark humor, refreshing intelligence, and bottomless empathy.” ―Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi: Stories
“Funny, warm and dead-on smart, Julia Fierro has written a tremendous novel about the having-it-all generation, now forging their own paths and families. After all the talk and the revolution, after leaning in and shouting it out, the blueprints for creating a balanced life between work and family are still elusive. To most of us. Cutting Teeth reads like a conversation with your best friend, over wine, after the kids have been tucked in, and the truth comes out.” ―Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of The Red Book
“Julia Fierro's debut novel Cutting Teeth is filled with honesty, humor and intelligence. First, I fell in love with the insightful, graceful voice, then with the complex, deeply flawed yet appealing characters, and finally with the narrative arc that carried me from beginning to end in one rush. Compelling, and infused with compassion.” ―Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation