27 2024

JCC- Author and Book Series: Madam by Deborah Applegate

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Jewish Community Center 1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06906

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Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

As a Jewish immigrant from eastern Europe, Polly Adler’s life is a classic American story of success and assimilation that starts like a novel by Henry Roth and then turns into a glittering real-life tale straight out of F. Scott Fitzgerald. She declared her ambition to be “the best goddam madam in all America” and succeeded wildly. Debby Applegate uses Polly’s story as the key to unpacking just what made the 1920s the appallingly corrupt yet glamorous and transformational era that it was and how the collision between high and low is the unique ingredient that fuels American culture.