Teen Angel

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Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Jan 1, 1978 - Cliques (Sociology) - 262 pages
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About the author (1978)

Born in a displaced persons camp in Germany to Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors - her father was in Auschwitz and her mother in a forced labor camp - she arrived with her parents in New York City in the 1950s. They lived in the St. Marks Hotel on the Lower East Side, then moved to apartments in Crown Heights, Washington Heights and a semi-detached house in Flushing. Her own first apartment was on the Upper West Side, the setting of The Last Hotel. Pilcer's stories and essays have been collected in anthologies including Sudden Flash Youth (Persea), New York Sex (Painted Leaf Press), Nothing Makes You Free (Norton), and Visions of America: Personal Narratives from the Promised Land (Persea). She has also written journalism and coined the term 2G, to refer to Second Generation Holocaust survivors, in her much anthologized piece, 2G, originally appearing in 7 Days. Pilcer has written for the Forward, which excerpted The Holocaust Kid. Film rights to Teen Angel were sold to Universal Studios, and she co-wrote the screenplay with Garry Marshall. She also wrote a novelization of the film script Little Darlings, published by Ballantine, and Ediciones Roca (Yo No Quiero Ser Virgen). Pilcer adapted I-LAND as a play, which ran for five years at the 13th Street Repertory Theater. Her theatrical adaptation of The Holocaust Kid has been performed in many venues including Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Mass., and the Ensemble Studio Theater in Manhattan. She has also written for television: Domestic Life, a TV series produced by Steve Martin and The Ellen Burstyn Show, collaborating with directors Norman Steinberg and David Frankel. Her awards include a grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and fellowships to Yaddo and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has taught writing at the Chautauqua Institute, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Writers Voice, and Berkshire Community College. Sonia Pilcer and her husband live in Upstate New York and Manhattan. They have one son.

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