True Story Flows Like a Novel

Quogue, New York, July 22, 2013…Those who step inside the pages of Life with an Accent will be transported on a gripping journey from Berlin to the Middle East to America. Part biography, part memoir and part history lesson, Marilyn Gottlieb’s narrative shows what can be revealed if one researches family history. 

We start with Frank Levy as a child feeling the importance of family when nothing makes sense. By the time he is 13 Frank is a pro at starting over, shifting languages and cultures, even changing his name in a life molded by happenings beyond his control. With pathos balanced by humor, stunning details make us want to reach out to help the young boy assimilate. No matter where he goes, he is marked by his accent.

Ursula Hegi, author, Children and Fire says, “Marilyn Gottlieb explores the complex layers of the past and the present, of the personal and the political.”

When Frank finally adjusts, fate intervenes. He must reinvent himself again. Every effort evokes a person or story from former times proving the history immigrants live through matters and that world events influence our lives. 

“People of all backgrounds will identify with the universal themes,” says Odette Heideman, Editor of Epiphany literary journal. “Once I read it I immediately wanted to share it with my mother and daughter.”

According to Lou Ann Walker, author, A Loss For Words, “Frank’s adventures will leave you marveling at his daring and wisdom then cheering when he wins an award for new technology to help solve environmental challenges.”

Robert Reeves, author, Doubting Thomas says, “This book is a compelling look at one man’s struggle to do good in the world.”

Marilyn Gottlieb was director of public relations for Lintas and Ogilvy & Mather advertising agencies. A past member of the Board of Advertising Women of New York and an inductee into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers, she taught Public Relations at Manhattan’s New School for 18 years. She was a docent at the Museum of Tolerance and in 2012 received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton.

Life with an Accent: One Immigrant’s Quest to Belong is available in paperback for $12.99 on and for $9.99 on ekindle and on Espresso Book Machines worldwide. Contact or call (631) 288-4596.