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Just a quick follow-up on my interview with Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary; Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal. My curiosity got the best of me and I just had to ask Lily about the time Florence went back to Europe in her forties.

As a forty-something woman, my mind sometimes gets to wondering, “Hmmm, I wonder what ever happened to him?” Well, evidently, I’m not the only one…

The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel (audio interview)

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DiaryThe Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel

Introduction written by Lily Koppel:Lily
Ever since I climbed into a dumpster outside of I apartment building and rescued a 75-year-old diary, kept by a young woman in the 1930s, I strongly believed that this story was an important one to tell. THE RED LEATHER DIARY: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (HarperCollins), is about my discovery of Florence Wolfson’s diary, the amazing life that is portrayed in its pages and the return of the diary to its owner at 90. T
he book speaks to the significance and “private truths” of all of our lives.

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Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

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**Be sure to check out the audio interview posted 8/18/08 & Hear about The Read Leather Diary straight from the author’s lips

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book?

Lily:  Ever since I climbed into a dumpster outside of my apartment building and rescued a 75-year-old diary, kept by a young woman in the 1930s, I strongly believed that this story was an important one to tell. THE RED LEATHER DIARY: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (HarperCollins), is about my discovery of Florence Wolfson’s diary, the amazing life that is portrayed in its pages and the return of the diary to its owner at 90.

Carrie:  Tell us about THE RED LEATHER DIARY.

Lily:  The journal painted a vivid picture of  1930s  New York—horseback riding through Central Park, summer excursions to the Catskills, and an obsession with a famous avant-garde actress. Its nearly two thousand entries, written in faded black ink, captured the passions and ambitions of an intensely creative young woman interested in carving out a place for herself. From 1929 to 1934, not a single day’s entry had been skipped. Brief, breathless dispatches filled every page of the five-year chronicle. Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, I set out to find the diary’s owner, my only clue the inscription on the frontispiece—“This book belongs to . . .Florence Wolfson.” A chance phone call from a private investigator led me to Florence, a 90-year-old woman living with her husband of sixty-seven years. Reunited with her diary, Florence journeyed back to the girl she had been, rediscovering a lost self that had burned with artistic fervor.

Carrie:  What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from this book?

Lily:  The book speaks to the significance and “private truths” of all of our lives.

Carrie:  Tell us about your writing process.

LilyFlorenceLily:  THE RED LEATHER DIARY was about excavating a life. The 2,000 entries hinted at a mystery to be reconstructed. My meetings with Florence were delivered into a tape recorder and layered into my description of Florence’s New York and our meeting when she was ninety. We joked that it was like a sexy TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.

I was like an actress taking on a role. My job was to see the world through Florence’s eyes. The diary was my script. I remember riding down Fifth Avenue in a cab, staring out of the window at Central Park, imagining Florence. My boyfriend turned to me and said, “I think you feel more at home in the thirties.” He was right.

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