From Susan Bethany’s Bookshelf

My Love Affair: Thorns and Roses
Natalia Lazarus
Central Park South Publishing
9781736313497, $28.95, HC, 204pp

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Synopsis: Actress/Director Natalia Lazarus, in her critically acclaimed, starring performance in the dramatic, two-character play A Picasso, fell madly in love with a dashing banker in the early days of the play’s run in Paris. With the publication of “My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses”, Natalia tells (in verse) the intimate story of her passionate, erotic romance that became an unforgettable moment in time.

Critique: Articulate, elegant, eloquent, engaging, “My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses” is a very special kind of memoir-told-in-verse. It is an entertaining, inherently fascinating read — and one that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, “My Love Affair: Thorns & Roses” is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.

Editorial Note: An accomplished, multi-talented actress, writer, director, and stage producer, Natalia Lazarus is well known and respected in Hollywood as the passionate Founder and Producer of the distinguished Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory and its iconic Promenade Playhouse, which celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2021. Natalia has devoted much of her life to participating in the seven lively arts. She has acted, directed, and produced more than 35 stage productions, starred in playwright Jeffery Hatcher’s dramatic, two character play, ‘A Picasso, in Paris’, penned the ‘One Woman Show Birthday Girl’, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the stage play ‘Remains of a Nation’, in which she also starred and directed the film version, and the screenplay ‘A Year in Picasso.’

Susan Bethany

Reviewer – Midwest Book Review