One sweltering late-summer weekend, a group of thirty-something Brooklyn parents and their children gathers at a shabby beach house on Long Island. A rusted sign welcomes them to “Eden,” but their trip is a far cry from paradise. For two days, each parent will wrestle with secrets he or she can no longer ignore against the chaotic backdrop of five young children’s relentless demands. Julia Fierro’s debut novel, CUTTING TEETH (July 7, 2015; St. Martin’s Griffin),now in paperback delivers razor-sharp commentary on the precariously comfortable lives of a tight knit Park Slope playgroup.
Cutting Teeth is about the complex dilemmas of early midlife--the vicissitudes of friendship, of romantic and familial love, and of sex. It's about class tension, status hunger, and the unease of being in possession of life's greatest bounty while still wondering, is this as good as it gets? And, perhaps most of all, Julia Fierro's warm and unpretentious debut explores the all-consuming love we feel for those we need most, and the sacrifice and compromise that underpins that love.