Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle against Free Love

by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane

Syracuse University Press, November 2019

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From the perch of a diarist writing in first person about her own love life, Karpilove’s novel offers a raw personal criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth century New York.


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