Montclair resident Lee Siegel, author of several books and a widely published writer on politics and culture, gets personal with his latest book — his memoir titled The Draw. Siegel will discuss his new book at both the Montclair Literary Festival (he will be on the panel titled “The Story of My Life” on April 1 at 10 am) and Watchung Booksellers on Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm
In this coming-of-age story, Siegel tells of his father’s economic misfortune and the devastating dysfunction it caused to the family. The Draw takes a defiant stand against a society in which, as the Siegel observes, the struggle with money can turn someone’s innocent weakness into a weapon of self-destruction.
Publisher’s Weekly praises The Draw, calling it a powerful, jarring memoir, “Author and critic Siegel painstakingly maps the bitter familial legacies that shaped him. . . Eschewing the standard minimalism of the literary memoir, Siegel explores the psychological complexity of his family romance in layered prose, in particular the impossible demands of a mother who shrieks across the pages like a monstrous suburban hybrid of Joan Crawford and Blanche Dubois. . .”
Lee Siegel The Draw book signing
Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm