My Top Books of 2016

1. BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley. A private jet crashes in the first chapter of this stylish, spellbinding thriller, written by the writer/showrunner of the television series Fargo. The writing is crisp and the well-oiled plot kept me turning the pages until the very end. 2. BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue. I was […]

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World Literature Today – What to Read Now: Financial Crisis Fiction

A friend recently came across a book review that described my novel, The Darlings, as a “financial thriller.” She wrinkled her nose. “Financial thriller?” she asked me. “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” At first blush, finance can seem dry. The language of hedge funds and bond trading is admittedly anything but thrilling. The financial world is, however, wonderfully […]

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NPR – Lives Of The Rich And Shallow: A Socialite’s Tale

I didn’t buy Bergdorf Blondes. It was dropped off at my apartment by a friend, with a note that read: Cheer up. Stop wallowing. Call me. Love, S. PS: no more Gilmore Girls reruns, seriously. It was the summer of 2005. I was fresh off the heels of a bad breakup. To say I was wallowing in self-pity […]

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The New York Times – For One More Day at the Office

Every only child knows there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. Growing up in Manhattan, I was a master at entertaining myself; I had an older half sister, but she didn’t live with me, so I was usually my own favorite company. There was one phase I went through — I was […]

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