second novel, "Engaging Men," is a breezy comedy that
follows the angst-ridden Angela DiFranco, a struggling actress,
who mines her friends, ex-boyfriends and raucous Italian-American
family in Marine Park for some not-always-sage advice on how
to provoke her current boyfriend, Kirk, into popping the question.
While she schemes and plots to get Kirk, a software designer,
to buy her a ring - a symbol of the emotional security and dual
income she’s craving, 31-year-old Angie fights her way through
agonizing bouts of self-discovery. Luckily her mother is waiting
to comfort her with bowls of pastina.
A "Sex and the City" episode for the bridge and tunnel
set, Curnyn’s paperback is (literally) light reading and a guilty
pleasure to be sneaked out on a beach blanket.
Curnyn, a Brooklyn native, will read from "Engaging Men"
(Red Dress Ink, $12.95) at Barnes & Noble (106 Court St.
at State Street) on June 9 at 7 pm. The event is free. For more
information, call (718) 246-4996.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010