Author Roberta Satow Wool of Washington, CT and Manhattan will offer a talk and book signing on her recently published historical novel, Two Sisters of Coyoacán .
Based on a true story about Leon Trotsky, Two Sisters of Coyoacán brings the conflicts of the artistic, intellectual and political world of New York, Paris and Coyoacán, Mexico in the 1930’s to life.
Lilly and Gertie are Jewish girls from Brooklyn whose parents, like many American Jews, supported the overthrow of the Czarist regime by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Through her college professor, Marxist Philosopher Sidney Hook, Lilly is invited to be John Dewey’s assistant and accompanies him to Coyoacán for the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials.
Lilly remains in Coyoacán after Dewey leaves and becomes Trotsky’s English secretary, while Gertie goes to Paris to assist Frida Kahlo in her exhibition and falls in love with Jacques Mornard.
Two Sisters of Coyoacán follows the life of two Jewish sisters who unknowingly become entangled in a plot conceived by Stalin to eliminate a powerful enemy. What happens to these two well-meaning young women from Brooklyn when Trotsky is assassinated?
Roberta Satow wrote her undergraduate honors thesis in political science at the University of California at Berkeley about Trotsky. When she learned that Ruth Poulos (the person Lilly Abramovitz is based upon) was a fellow psychoanalyst, she felt impelled to write a novel about her role in Trotsky’s assassination. Dr. Satow is the author of Doing the Right Thing: Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents Even if They Didn’t Take Care of You. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is also a psychoanalyst and writes a blog for Psychology Today.
Books will be available for sale and signing.
Thursday, August 24, 6:30pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green