Julie Metz
Julie Metz
Julie Metz

New York Times bestselling author of PERFECTION, and in April 2021, EVA AND EVE

Julie Metz

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Bio

Welcome! Thank you so much for joining me here! I'd love to tell you a bit about my life and unusual writing career arc. Born in New York City​,​ I received a BA in Fine Arts at Smith College. I worked as a book cover designer in the book publishing field for twenty years until personal upheaval compelled me to write PERFECTION. I currently live in New York's Hudson Valley and have just bought a slightly dilapidated 1850 farmhouse in Maine on an island where I've summered for twenty-five years. The island has appeared in both my books as it is a unique place of inspiration and joy. It is already making an appearance in my next work in progress. You can find out more about my writing life​,​ read book excerpts​,​ see photos related to EVA AND EVE​,​ get info on upcoming 2021 events​,​ and sign up for more info at: juliemetz.com

Synopsis/Praise

ABOUT EVA AND EVE “EVA AND EVE maps a wide arc, pulling a Jewish family’s past in wartime Vienna into the present era with vivid and dramatic detail. The story of political repression, terror and dissolution; then arrival and retrieval in a new country, is full of astonishing and unlikely twists of fate, showing again that individual destiny may be the greatest mystery of all. Metz’s journey to recover the past offers a model for connection and self-understanding – as well as a testament to the strengths of an America that is just and fair to all.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love “Three generations of women – grandmother, mother, daughter – illuminate how history is lived and worlds overlap, filtered through families and passed down from one era to the next. Metz writes, with great insight, about how her mother’s escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna to New York City—full of unexpected twists and turns - has echoed through her own life and her daughter’s, down to the present moment. This journey of discovery and reclamation could hardly be more timely and resonant.” —Adrienne Brodeur, bestselling author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me “Inspired by a collection of keepsakes, Metz unearths a chapter of her mother’s hidden past, deftly navigating between two spheres: her family’s harrowing escape from the Nazis, and her own present-day world—one steeped in research and introspection, and replete with political red flags weighed against those of the Third Reich. A timely and deeply layered investigation.” —Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones “Weaving together a lyrical exploration of her maternal family history—first as persecuted Jews in Austria, then as struggling immigrants in America—with poignant meditations on her own personal growth and trauma in an era of resurgent, reactionary nationalism, Metz illustrates the persistence of old, human evils, and the inspiration we can find for our own battles in the stories of resilient forebears.” —George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World ABOUT PERFECTION: “We've all endured sudden, life-changing, before-and-after moments of loss, but few of us have then had to endure the aftershocks that buffeted Julie Metz. Her memoir of the year after her husband abruptly died is poignant, powerful, and absolutely riveting.” —Chris Bohjalian, author of THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT “Lyrical, haunting, and utterly gripping.” —Redbook “Heart-wrenching but triumphant.” —Glamour “[Metz] brings refreshing candor to a startling, painful tale.” —The New York Times “I read PERFECTION breathlessly, grateful to its author for these unvarnished truths about her late husband's infidelities. Julie Metz gives us a brave and fascinating postmortem on a seemingly happy marriage, creating an emotional detective story that is unforgettable.” —Elinor Lipman “Readers will be mesmerized.” —USA Today “You'll be absorbed by the real-life sleuthing in PERFECTION, a riveting memoir about a widow who discovers that her late husband lived a deceptive double life.” —Real Simple “In lyrical, moving prose, we're treated to a powerful story of love, infidelity, grief—and starting over.” — Working Mother

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