As featured on Courant.com
MANCHESTER—Hanna Perlstein Marcus, former director of Human Services of the Town of Manchester, won first prize in the 2010-2011 short story competition sponsored by CAPA, the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.
CAPA is Connecticut’s source for writing, publishing, marketing information, and writers’ networking. The prize was awarded at CAPA’s annual Anniversary and Awards Dinner on March 19, 2011 at the Sycamore Hills Park Community Center in Avon, CT.
A licensed clinical social worker, Perlstein Marcus’ story, “Pattern Markings,” is adapted from her yet-to-be published memoir, “Sidonia’s Thread: Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America.”
The short story tells the tale of a seven-year-old girl who is identified as the key witness in a fatal school bus accident. Torn by her perceived duty to her mother and her new country, and her imagined reality about the circumstances surrounding the death of a school mate, the little girl must decide how to deal with the American justice system and her first brush with death. The story is based on a true incident that occurred in the author’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hanna Perlstein Marcus is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Connecticut graduate schools of education and social work. She has worked as a social worker and human services administrator for the City of Hartford and the Town of Manchester, as well as a consultant to various other Connecticut municipalities. She has spent the past three years writing her memoir about her experience as an immigrant and clothes model for her fashion designer mother, growing up in a single parent home with a Holocaust survivor, and the effects of trauma.