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Speakeasy

Here’s how he saw it:

At speakeasy with parents

Raid staged by actors

 

Beatriz Williams is enthalled by the 1920s, the era that laid the foundation for the world we live in today. Her passionate, painstaking research has brought life and vigor to Cocoa Beach, her latest novel, as well as earlier novels such as The Wicked City and The Forgotten Room (written with Karen White and Lauren Willig).

Cocoa Beach is set in Florida in the 1920s, a wide open frontier with fantastic opportunities for land development and illicit business, uniquely tumultuous, hedonistic, and wide open for anything to happen. I can’t wait to dive into it.

At last night’s reading/book launch event at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, a ninety-seven year old man told the story about his parents bringing him to a speakeasy (illegal bar that sold alcoholic beverages during Prohibition). What the little boy experienced was a congenial place where the “police raid” was a highly anticipated, cherished event meant to gin up excitement by highlighting how dangerous, how bad, and how wrong it was to even be in the room. The actors playing the police officers made the show exciting, dramatic, and memorable for a little boy, now handsome, gracious gentleman remembering a really fun night out with Mom and Dad.

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