Open Book with Lynda Cohen Loigman

Lynda Cohen Loigman is one of my favorite authors and people and we have never met 🙂 She was so kind to send me something when my son was born and we only know each other in the book world- the beauty of the internet!  Her latest, The Wartime Sisters, out now, is a deep and touching story of two sisters who are living very different lives on the same Armory during World War two.  Loigman’s way with words creates a tale that will leave you with a book hangover, guaranteed.  I am thrilled she is my next “Open Book”, read below ❤

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For fans of Lilac Girls, the next powerful novel from the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist The Two-Family House about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret.

Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“The Wartime Sisters shows the strength of women on the home front: to endure, to fight, and to help each other survive.” ―Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

“One of my favorite books of the year.” ―Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece

“A stirring tale of loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of long-buried secrets.” ―Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost and Sold on a Monday

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What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a book club with?

Edith Wharton – She is my literary idol. I would probably be star struck and mute around her.

Stephen Sondheim – I would love to talk to him about his creative process and the way he uses songs to tell stories.

Mindy Kaling – She seems like she would be the most fun person to be around.


Current binge series?

I am feeling a little lost right now because I finished the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and I don’t know what to watch. It was perfect, and nothing else compares to it. My husband and I just started the Amazon Prime Jack Ryan series, so I’m consoling myself with that, but it’s not the same.


Last favorite book?

I loved Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy, but I do love fairy tales. This one is a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story, but the main character is a young Jewish woman who takes over her father’s money-lending business. She is so good at it that she is able to turn his debts into gold. I won’t say more, but it’s incredibly clever.


What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?

I desperately want to go to southern Italy. I would have to pack a big straw hat, comfortable sandals, and lots of sunscreen!


Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

I like to read the books and arts sections of the NYT.


Last person you sent a text message to?

We have a family group chat with my husband and my kids. I sent them a photo of our puppy, Winston.


Book you read that you wished you wrote?

I just reread Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. I can’t even imagine being able to write like that.


Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

I had a wonderful teacher for my writing class at the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute. His name is Steve Schnur, and he was so encouraging.


Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?

I can’t listen to music while I write, but I listen to music while I’m thinking about writing. It’s a great time for me to puzzle out plot points, come up with backstory, and ruminate about my characters. While I was writing The Wartime Sisters, I listened to the Sirius radio 1940’s station for a full year. I drove around in my car and listened to those songs. A lot of the music made its way into the book as songs Arietta performs.


Describe your writing space?

I write at my kitchen table, usually with a big cup of coffee nearby. Sometimes I go to my library or a local coffee shop too. Actually, right now I’m in the process of turning the room over my garage into an office. I just ordered a desk – it’s my first, and I’m super excited about it because it’s blue!


Coffee or tea?

Coffee. I drink tea too, but I would be lost without coffee.


Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

This is such an interesting question. I don’t. I tend to pick books specifically for each individual. But that’s a good idea!


Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

I loved the Half-Magic books by Edward Eager when I was young, and I always wished for a movie of them.


If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?

 Putting It Together from the musical Sunday in the Park with George. It’s about the creative process, and whenever I listen to it, I feel inspired.


What/Who inspires you?

 My children. They are 19 and 16, and I wish I could have their energy and their confidence.


Bravo reality TV- yes or no?

Nope. I can’t watch it. It all makes me cringe. The only reality television I watch is The Great British Baking Show.


Favorite Instagram account?

I love @pawaddicted. I could watch puppy videos all day long.


If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 

Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. It would be pink, of course!


Current #TBR pile?

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Summer Country by Lauren Willig

In Another Time by Jillian Cantor

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray


Best advice you’ve ever received?

It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.


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