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Cutting Teeth: A Novel Hardcover – May 13, 2014

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“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

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