All posts tagged: New York Times Bestselling author

NYT Bestselling author Dani Shapiro talks about her sublime new memoir–finding herself, DNA, paternity, and so much more

By Leslie Lindsay  Wildly thought-provoking medical, ethical, and genetic mystery, Dani Shapiro opens up about her journey of identity in INHERITANCE.  A Washington Post, Vulture, Bustle, Real Simple, PopSugar, and LitHub  Most Anticipated Book of 2019  A New York Times Bestseller Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of four memoirs, HOURGLASS, STILL WRITING, DEVOTION, and SLOW MOTION, and five novels including BLACK AND WHITE and FAMILY HISTORY. Her books span diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Praise for INHERITANCE call it ‘important and timely,’ ‘beautiful but heartbreaking,’ and an ‘introspective mystery’ that is both ‘captivating and traumatic.’ I finished INHERITANCE (Knopf, January 15 2019) in just two sittings (but it could have been one if I had been more disciplined). Here, she begins with a lovely childhood memory of waking in the morning hours and scurrying to the bathroom where she perches on the sink to gaze at her reflection in the mirror. Who is this girl?  Seems this question has pierced …

Write On, Wednesday: Jacqueline Sheehan’s stunning new fiction, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD on adoption, loss, motherhood, and so much more

By Leslie Lindsay  “In New York Times bestselling author, Jacqueline Sheehan’s evocative and compelling THE CENTER OF THE WORLD (December 29, 2015), a mother and her adopted daughter each embark on a journey of self-discovery in the wake of a stunning revelation.” Kate Malloy is a single mother raising her adopted daughter, Sofia in white-bread Massachusetts. Sofia has long known she was adopted–her caramel-colored skin and jet black hair are in stark contrast to Kate’s fair skin and blonde tresses. But…there’s something niggling at Sofia deep down in her bones, something she often disregards. When her step-father dies in a freak accident, she is given a letter from his attorney stating the truth: she not Mexican like she always believed. We delve into war-torn Guatemala in which the country is in the throes of a 30-year civil war. Twenty-four year old Kate is a graduate student on an academic grant studying water consumption in Third World countries. THE CENTER OF THE WORLD has a lot going for it–a story of love and loyalty, it’s ultimately …

Write on Wednesday: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt

By Leslie Lindsay One of my favorite all-time authors is Caroline Leavitt.  She writes with such grit and honesty that it is completely refreshing.  Her latest book, IS THIS TOMORROW (May, 2013) is set under the backdrop of 1950’s suburbia.  Ava is a single, Jewish mother raising her thirteen year old son in an all-Christian neighborhood when one of the son’s buddies goes missing.  Part suspense, part literary fiction, this book will resonate with those who enjoy a good, multi-layered read.  Leslie Lindsay:  Many of your stories have an underlying theme of unconventional families.  In PICTURES OF YOU, the young father is recently widowed and raising a son.  GIRLS IN TROUBLE features a young woman who gives her baby up through open adoption and then weaves herself into that new family.  Ava portrays a single Jewish mother in the 1950s.  Traditional?  Not in the least.  Can you share how you are inspired to write about families that are less than typical?  Caroline Leavitt: “Probably because my own family had its issues. My parents had a terrible marriage. …