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97: Florence Kraut - Author of How to Make a Life

Florence’s background in social work as well as her own large extended family informed her decision to write a wide-ranging saga, spanning a century-worth of events, secrets, and history of a close-knit Jewish immigrant family with themes of resilience, mental health challenges, and how decisions made at a point in time cycle through and effect subsequent generations. After finding it difficult to land an agent, she decided to publish with a quality hybrid press, and has been successful interfacing with book clubs across the country as well as using Book Bub and Facebook ad placements to publicize her debut. Florence was raised and educated in New York City. With a BA in English and a Master’s degree in Social Work, she served for over thirty years as a clinician, a family therapist and eventually CEO of a family service agency before retiring to write and travel. Her own close family of 26 aunts and uncles and 27 first cousins and listening to stories around the kitchen table, coffee klatches and family parties inspired her to write her fictional, multi-generational family drama, How to Make a Life. She has published stories for children and teens, romance stories for national magazines, literary stories, and personal essays for the Westchester section of the New York Times. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Evening Street Press and SNReview.  To learn more about Florence, click here.  

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