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"Upper West Side Story" Launches In The Hamptons

Gwen Clarke

"Upper West Side Story" by Susan Pashman was inspired by real-life conversations about the educational divide. (Courtesy Photo)

On Saturday, June 13th, readers are invited to join author Susan Pashman at the launch of her new book, "Upper West Side Story," at Dodds and Eder Home in Sag Harbor. From 5 to 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a reading of the book by the author and light refreshments.

A Sag Harbor resident, Pashman currently works as a philosophy professor. Inspired by real-life conversations about the educational divide between white and black children, "Upper West Side Story" is a tale of friendships between children of different races. The book derives from her experience of raising two boys on her own in Brooklyn. Many of her sons' childhood exploits, and the hopes and fears she had for them, became the heart of this novel. With cries for racial justice again rising up all over our country, "Upper West Side Story" is a story you will want to read.

Pashman brings to light the very real racial rift that still exists in American society today. "We are no closer now to a colorblind society than we were when I started this novel," she said, after having thought that the election of an African American president would be the end to the racial strife our country has seen. She continued, "There is so much left to do. Actually, we are only just getting started."

"'Upper West Side Story' is the kind of novel that reaches out and grabs you with familiarity - and once you begin its journey, you can't quit. It's that compelling," noted Diane Donovan of Midwest Book Reviews.

The reading will be followed by a book signing with Pashman.

Dodds and Eder Home is located at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call 631-725-1175 or visit www.doddsandeder.com.

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