Stop in to meet mystery author Mark Dressler and non-fiction author Hanna Perlstein Marcus.
About Dead and Gone by Mark Dressler: How does ten million dollars disappear after a narcotics deal ends in a deadly shootout? Hartford detective Dan Shields searches for the money, but he soon comes face to face with the gun-toting thug who'd nearly killed him six years ago. With vengeance in his blood, the detective attempts to bring down his nemesis, resorting to tactics that almost cost him his badge. He'd never been ordered off a case...until now. Having avoided suspension, Dan investigates the discovery of a body found in a swampy grave on private property. Knowing this dead man had been killed months ago, and he'd been buried in a local cemetery, the detective is puzzled by this bizarre crime. How did this displaced corpse end up in that hole, and who would have committed such a heinous act? Dan starts his own digging, and he's suddenly thrust back into the hunt for the missing cash as these two, seemingly unrelated events, intertwine into one explosive mystery. The savvy detective puts himself in harms way as he uncovers the truth...a truth no one could have foreseen.
About Sidonia's Thread:
When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, arrive in Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp after World War II, they don’t know anyone in America. With no other family, except each other, they build a world that revolves around Sidonia’s remarkable talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments, modeled by her daughter, Hanna.
As Sidonia becomes well known in western New England for her extraordinary sewing talent, she continues to hide the secrets about her past, not only from her daughter, but also from everyone else. Determined to craft a life of pride, self-reliance, and perseverance, Sidonia teaches her daughter to “stand up straight” in fashion and in life. Sidonia’s Thread uses sewing metaphors to tell the tale of these two women throughout their life together as though stitched together, like a handmade garment.
Why does Sidonia keep these significant life secrets, and why is Hanna so afraid to ask about them? When Sidonia moves to elderly housing, her daughter steals some of her old letters and photographs, hoping to find clues to her paternity, her mother’s reclusiveness, and her heritage. Combined with a trip to her mother’s Hungarian homeland and a phone conversation with her father, Hanna’s surprising discoveries inspire a revised view of her life with her mother, replacing her conflicting emotions toward her mother with true reverence.
About Surviving Remnant - Memories of the Jewish Greenhorns in 1950s America:
Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s and early ’60s, Surviving Remnant is Hanna Perlstein Marcus’ sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia’s Thread. In Surviving Remnant, she recreates her childhood community of ambitious, humorous, and resilient immigrant refugees who occupy an apartment building, eager to adapt to their new homeland and build new lives for themselves and their children in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Marcus’ experiences growing up with her mother in an enclave of Holocaust survivors portray a story no one knows… until now. Surviving Remnant is an authentic look at a poignant immigrant saga from deep inside.