"The Sculptor and the Marzipan Maker"
Beauty, art, and forbidden love in Boston, 1918: a story by Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of THE MATCHMAKER’S GIFT.
I fall in love with a lot of books. But it’s rare that something will resonate so deeply with me, I need to climb out of my bathtub (where I do most of my reading) at 11 o’clock at night to email the author a thank-you note for writing such a gorgeous book. I’ve done it exactly once, with Lynda Cohen Loigman’s novel The Matchmaker’s Gift (out this Tuesday), a dual-perspective historical split between a young immigrant matchmaker in 1910 and her divorce-attorney granddaughter in 1994. Lynda and I soon met for drinks, and she’s just as warm and wonderful IRL as she is on the page.
Her short story for Heartbeat is an utter treat, complete with sumptuous prose and an early twentieth-century backdrop. Violetta is about to enter a marriage that’s more like a business arrangement, but then she meets a kind soul who sees her for who she really is. Can they find a way to be together? Enjoy.
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