Montclair Author Lee Siegel Writes a Memoir on Money and its Impact on Family

The Draw

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 DrawSiegel 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
Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042


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