It's not the first time that I've had a book come out. In fact, RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE is my third novel. But there's something about putting your work out there into the universe for all to see.
I was recently chatting with a memoir writer about how we put ourselves out there as writers. I was telling her that I found it brave, the way she was able to tell the truth. But then I thought about it: isn't that what we do as fiction writers as well? Sure, I won't have family members coming to me to complain about the way they were portrayed in my novel, but aren't we truth tellers, too? Aren't we trying to tell the world what we think, how we think, and how we process it all?
RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE is about three generations of women with a culture all their own. When Hannah finds herself spending the summer with her glamorous grandmother, a widow six times over, at her sprawling beach-front Hamptons estate, she learns that there’s more than one recipe for happiness.
A story of mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren, RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE is a quirky story about correcting the mistakes from your past and trying to create a future for yourself.
Julie Buxbaum called it "a great summer read" and Ellen Meister said it was a "wise, tender and poignant story." Melissa Senate said "this gem of a novel sneaks up on you with just how powerful it truly is."
It's the most personal book I've written to date. It is, at its core, about how I see the world, what I think about relationships. It reflects who I am now, the person I've become, and it's terrifying to think that I've put that out there, for all the world to see.
I just hope you will all enjoy it.