“The Gypsy Moth Summer plunges the reader into a hazy, hot daydream of hidden truth, scandal, and racial prejudice. With bold strokes, Julia Fierro creates a vivid world where privilege and class are merely a veneer to distract from the cracks beneath the surface.”
– Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time
A wonderful review for Cutting Teeth in The New Yorker:
Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro (St. Martin’s). Five pairs of variously overmedicated and undersatisfied Brooklyn parents head to a Long Island beach house for Labor Day weekend with their cranky, drooling, pampered progeny. What could possibly go wrong? In this comically energetic début novel, Fierro, a mother of two who runs a writing workshop in Brooklyn, examines how easily privilege, neurosis, and love freighted with overwhelming fear of failure can turn even the sanest women into “sancti-mommies.” As her characters struggle to tame their toddlers without becoming fractious children themselves, Fierro reminds us how complicated the task of rearing human beings is, even in the most liberal of enclaves.
CUTTING TEETH is Oprah.com’s Book of the Week and receives a wonderful review!
“As the weekend progresses, the things kept hidden at home—illicit flirtations, parental frustrations and fizzling marriages—come to the surface in explosive ways. Even if you aren’t a parent, Fierro’s look at the inner workings of her characters’ minds makes this an emotional and compelling story. Her characters struggle with more than just their ADD-addled children; they confront relatable complexities of life—class and status differences, mental disorders, adult friendship and stale romance. At times heart-wrenching and, at others, hilarious, Fierro produces a true-to-life narrative more addictive than these fictional parents’ worst vices. Indulge.” – Abbe Wright
A wonderful review of Cutting Teeth in The Boston Globe.
“Cutting Teeth sings with beautiful sentences, masterfully crafted scenes, and a deeply imagined inner life for each of her characters…There are no easy solutions or formulas for happiness here, just the reality that the care and feeding and great responsibility of raising a human being is complicated, love-struck, deeply sad, and also capable of providing emotional rewards that no other experience can.” – Emily Rapp
“Sharing the realism of an Anne Tyler novel, Cutting Teeth showcases the dark sides of people living in a bubble of compliance—if you add black skinny jeans and homemade hummus….Fierro’s characters are intensely real, thoroughly developed. They come to life on the page. Her writing is not only smart—it’s also sexy, and magnetic. Whether it’s “Measles in Park Slope” or “Mumps in Midwood,” Cutting Teeth offers a colorful timestamp of urban concerns. It’s about what we give up to build a family and how much we hold back. It exposes the vulnerability we risk in having children. Not all the insights are kind, but that’s what makes it believable.”
– Sabra Embury
NY Post’s 29 Best Books of Summer includes Cutting Teeth!
Cutting Teeth in Vanity Fair’s HOT TYPE!
Elissa Schappell recommends Cutting Teeth in her Vanity Fair Hot Type column:
“Julia Fierro takes a playful bit out of parenting.”
“The honesty within the pages creeps up on the reader and takes hold of the experience. Like a good voyeur, you just won’t want to let go.”
Thank you, Bustle, for making Cutting Teeth your May Editor’s Pick!
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Thank you to everyone who made the May 13th Cutting Teeth launch party Bookcourt so incredible, so perfect.
Meganne Fabrega includes Cutting Teeth for her “Summer Reads” list in the Star Tribune.