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Release Party for Breakfall, a New Novel by Zhanna Slor

Join us around the corner at The Sugar Maple to celebrate the release of Breakfall, the new novel by Milwaukee’s own and Lion’s Tooth favorite Zhanna Slor.


“BREAKFALL is a sexy and compelling slow burn, part twisted romance, part mystery — think FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with a murder.”
— Nick Petrie, author of THE RUNAWAY

Mina Banksy, a 32-year-old writer and mother of a rambunctious toddler, is still reeling from a tumultuous divorce when two Chicago detectives show up at her door looking for her friend, Dylan. Or, more accurately, the van that she allowed him to register in her name, because Dylan, a friend from her former Jiu Jitsu gym, is a recovered addict and convicted felon. The van quickly becomes the least of her problems, as Dylan, too, is nowhere to be found. His disappearance triggers a series of events that turn everyone at the close-knit gym into suspects or victims, and somehow all roads lead back to Mina Banksy, and the scandal that forced her to leave the gym in the first place.
Part unlikely romance and part murder mystery, set inside the eclectic subculture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BREAKFALL is an exploration of sexual desire, motherhood, and marriage in modern times.


Zhanna Slor was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to the Midwest in the early 1990s. She has been published in many literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Another Chicago Magazine, and Michigan Quarterly Review, as well as contributing to the popular news publication The Forward. Her debut novel, AT THE END OF THE WORLD, TURN LEFT, was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Crime Debuts” of the last year, and by CrimeReads as one of the “Ten Great Novels to Read This April.” She lives in Milwaukee with her young daughter. Find her online at


Apr 08 2023


4:00 pm