One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one
late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby
beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow.
Nicole, the hostess, struggles to keep her OCD behaviors
unnoticed. Stay-at-home dad Rip grapples with the reality that his careerist
wife will likely deny him a second child, forcing him to disrupt the life he
loves. Allie, one half of a two-mom family, can’t stop imagining ditching her
wife and kids in favor of her art. Tiffany, comfortable with her amazing body
but not so comfortable in the upper-middle class world the others were born
into, flirts dangerously, and spars with her best friend Leigh, a blue blood
secretly facing financial ruin and dependent on the magical Tibetan nanny
everyone else covets. Throughout the weekend, conflicts intensify and painful
truths surface. Friendships and alliances crack, forcing the house party to
confront a new order.
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. Download and start listening now!