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Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she’s the truth-telling proprietress of the Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.

When the Great Depression hits, Mazie’s life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won’t help them, then who? When she opens the doors of the Venice to those in need, this ticket-taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.

Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it’s discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.

Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old Hotel, Saint Mazie is infused with Jami Attenberg’s signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie’s rise to “sainthood”—and her irrepressible spirit—is unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale that is somehow both a love song and a gut punch at once and will leave you all the better for having read it.”

    Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A novel with as much style and moxie as its titular character…By telling this one woman’s story, Jami Attenberg has managed to write an ode to New Yorkers of every generation. She is a true poet of the city.”

    Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Touching, funny, and wise.”

    Charlotte Rogan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Mazie…was a cartoonishly large real-life heroine that no fiction writer would dare make up…Attenberg is a nimble and inventive storyteller with a knack for getting at the heart of outside characters…Attenberg proves her chops as a historical novelist by perfectly capturing Mazie’s jazz-age voice…The magic of Saint Mazie lies in its multigenerational voices and diary snippets.”

    Washington Post

  • “The Jazz Age comes to life through Attenberg’s vibrant prose and the wonderful character she creates. Attenberg allows readers to walk and talk with the heroine, to see her amazing world, and to understand how others saw her. Although a feeling of sadness pervades this novel, Attenberg turns this into an uplifting tale.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “The best thing about this novel is Mazie’s brassy, streetwise voice…The book also includes Studs Terkel-like oral histories from people who knew or were related to Mazie’s acquaintances...Saint Mazie is a fascinating portrait of early twentieth-century New York and of an unlikely champion of the dispossessed.”


  • “Early twentieth-century New York and its denizens portrayed through the fictional diary of a nonfictional heroine. Mazie Phillips…might win your heart anyway with her tough-talking mensch-iness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “As always, Tavia Gilbert is a shining light as an audiobook performer. Her voice is as varied as the diverse cast of characters…populating New York City’s Lower East Side. Gilbert’s energy and alacrity with voices make this a notable listen.”


  • “A raw, boisterous, generous novel with a heroine to match and New York in its soul, Saint Mazie offers proof again that Jami Attenberg is a brilliant, lion-hearted storyteller.”

    Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

  • “Jami Attenberg is a master at creating complex and compelling characters…While Mazie is an actual historical figure, in Attenberg’s adept hands she blossoms as a multidimensional woman who helped the down-and-out in New York City during and after the Depression, while stirring up her own mischief and bad behavior. A wonderful and thoughtful read, as relevant then as it is today”

    B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger

  • A Vulture.com Pick of Fun Fiction Books to Read at the Beach, as Chosen by J. Courtney Sullkivan 
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