In June’s Cozy Reader Club box, you’ll find your very own copy of The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro. Despite the book’s recent release earlier this month, it’s already wildly popular, and has been named among the year’s best summer reads by Martha Stewart Magazine, Bustle, Coastal Living, POPSUGAR, and Nylon Magazine, to name a few.
Set in 1992 on Avalon Island, an invasion of caterpillars interrupts the peaceful summer setting. But so does the return of the rich Leslie Marshall, whose husband Jules, stirs opinions and tensions on the Island due to his African-American heritage. Things become complicated when a young islander falls in love with the couple’s son. The Gypsy Moth Summer challenges young love, racial and working class stereotypes, as well as the meaning of family.
These ideals of family are no doubt influenced by the strong ties Fierro shares with her own. In her biography (from her author website), Fierro revealed her father, an Italian immigrant, helped instill the idea of the “American Dream” within her and it became a central focus moving forward in her life. Additionally, Fierro shared other details about her life that we found fascinating.
Here are 5 facts about Julia Fierro that you probably didn’t know:
1. The Great Gatsby is one of her favorite books.
2. She loves knitting shawls and baby blankets while listening to audiobooks.
3. Fierro started the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop with an ad on Craigslist.
4. She lived in Italy until she was two years old.
5. Fierro attended college at American University in Washington, D.C. before studying at the acclaimed Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Fierro spends most of her time in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.