In Step Lively, Sherri Moshman-Paganos has done something marvelous, capturing both a time and a place and not letting go. Using multiple voices, she renders the everyday extremities of life in 1980s New York with wit and subtlety. But the real strength of the book lies in the patient charting of young people in flux – their loves and hopes, shifting erratically but taking shape day by day in sometimes unexpected ways. A delightful book that evokes not only a vanished time and place but also deep feeling. – Amazon Review
Jill and Alex, a young married couple, are fresh arrivals to Manhattan in the late 1970’s. Embarking on new careers and a new life together, can they resolve their conflicts and make their marriage work?
Back then the New York City subway conductors used to say “Step Lively,” when you got off the train. The saying also refers to the couple’s need to “step lively” in adjusting to their new life in the big city. The 14 tales that make up the book are told through different voices while Jill and Alex interact with various characters, such as a talking parakeet, Jill’s grandmothers and a born again elevator man, as well as Jill’s bicycle, which even has its own voice in the memoir.
If you like nostalgia and reading about the ebb and flow of love, and Manhattan of past years, then you’ll enjoy Step Lively: New York City Tales of Love and Change.
About the Author
Sherri Moshman-Paganos is a poet, writer, educator and author of “Step Lively: New York City Tales of Love and Change” and the poetry collection “Wanderings: Poems of Discovery.” Sherri has lived in Athens Greece since the early 1980’s and taught English language and literature at the American College of Greece for more years than seems possible.
In addition to publishing poetry in various literary magazines, she has published fiction and articles and essays on Greek and other cultural and historical subjects. She and her husband are enjoying their retirement and the opportunity to travel. Her love and appreciation of Greece is evident in her travel and culture blog that keeps her busy writing, taking infinite photos or planning the next post.
You can access Sherri’s blog at https://olivesandislands.home.blog
and contact her there or via Facebook.