A novel of psychological suspense that centers on the unlikely - and dangerous - friendship between two women; Darcy Silver, a beautiful young widow, and Eden Harrison, the recent recipient of a heart transplant.
"A cross between Laura Lippman and Kate Atkinson, this novel is complex, original, and utterly intriguing. Will stay with you long after you've stopped turning the pages" -- Deborah Crombie, New York Times Bestselling Author of No Mark Upon Her
"A tense, twist-filled ride that knocked the breath out of me more than once... Part friendship, part rivalry, part cat-and-mouse game, the deepening bond between Darcy and Eden kept me guessing - and reading - far into the night." -- Marisa de los Santos, New York Times Bestselling Author of Falling Together
A pregnant teenager shows up, literally, on her biological father's doorstep, and the neighbors can't stop talking. Joe Montana is a handsome restaurant manager who failed to tell his wife that he fathered a baby with an ex-girlfriend seventeen years ago. Diana's bombshell arrival in their quiet cul-de-sac sets of a chain reaction of secrets and lies that threaten to engulf the neighborhood along with the approaching flames from a Santa Ana-fueled California wildfire.
A woman scorned, a former reality TV star, and a suburban housewife with her own checkered past - these are just a few of the warring neighbors who will be forced to band together when Diana disappears in the aftermath of the wildfire evacuation, leaving her newborn baby - and many unanswered questions - behind.
An engrossing blend of domestic drama and psychological suspense from Debra Ginsberg, whose trademark savvy crime writing "shows a remarkable capacity to inhabit the minds and motives of others" (New York Times).
"Marina's second sight - and haunted loneliness - makes Debra Ginsberg's The Grift an unusually seductive thriller. Read it for the not-so-predictable deceptions and the ghostly elusiveness of love." -- O The Oprah Magazine --
"[A] rollicking novel of twists and turns. We predict you'll love it!" -- Redbook --
grift -- n. a group of methods used for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, etc. gift -- n. a special ability or capacity
What happens when a fake psychic suddenly gets the real "gift"?
"Ms Ginsberg shows a remarkable capacity to inhabit the minds and motives of others." -- LIESL SCHILLINGER, The New York Times
"The Grift is a gift -- a fresh voice and story, with a winning heroine. Another triumph for Debra Ginsberg, who clearly has many gifts of her own." -- LAURA LIPPMAN, author of What the Dead Know and Another Thing to Fall
"Debra Ginsberg has done it again in this compulsively readable, suspenseful, and very-this-worldly tale of a psychic and her desperate clientele." -- JANET FITCH, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black
To: angel.robinson @fiammalit.com From: ganovelist @heya.com Subject: BLIND SUBMISSION
Dear Ms. Robinson, You have in your hands the novel that the Lucy Fiamma Literary Agency has been waiting for. I know how demanding your boss Lucy can be, and I believe this manuscript has the potential to be your agency's next blockbuster. It's called Blind Submission. The plot revolves around a young woman with a passion for books who becomes the assistant to a famously demanding San Francisco literary agent. She soon learns the lengths to which writers - and agents - will go to get a book deal. Does this scenario sound familiar, Ms. Robinson? Is it beginning to sound a little bit like your own life? If I know how literary agents think, you'll want an easy genre to classify this under. Maybe it's "Assistant Lit," or you could call it a thriller. As I continue writing, it might even turn into true crime. Can't wait to see how this one ends... Your fan, G. A. Novelist
"A hilarious insider's look. . .Makes for a clever mystery as Ginsberg adroitly amps up the suspense." - New York Times Book Review
"Spawns insurmountable joy. . . . A cleverly told, genre-bending tale that combines intrigue, romance, a touch of mystery and strong female characters. . . . Book lovers will enjoy Ginsberg's dead-on look at the publishing industry."- USA Today
"The pleasure comes in waves. . .If you're a book person, give yourself a treat and take a look at Blind Submission." - Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World
"A page-turner."- People Magazine
Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey Into Autism
From the acclaimed author of the surprise hit, WAITING: The True Confessions of a Waitress, comes a new book that unflinchingly documents her fears and frustrations as well as soaring moments of joy and satisfaction in raising her son Blaze.
Debra Ginsberg knew that her son was unique from the moment he was born. What she didn't know was that Blaze's differences would be regarded by others not as gifts but as impediments to his social and academic success.
Blaze never crawled; at one he simply stood up and walked. By the time he was four, he knew the complete works of Miles Davis. At five, he assigned colors to days of the week. When he turned ten, he asked to re-enact his own birth, so that this time, he could have enough breath to cry. But from his first day of kindergarten, Blaze was considered a problem in the classroom. All of his life he’s defied diagnosis by a host of experts who have sought to label him.
Writing with blistering honesty and irrepressible humor, Debra Ginsberg chronicles the extraordinary journey she has taken with her son through meetings with administrators, doctors, psychologists and a host of other professionals, all with their own ideas about what makes Blaze different and all convinced that their answers were the right ones.
A powerful advocate for her son and a compelling voice for those raising special kids, Ginsberg interweaves her moving personal story and her hard-fought battles with schools and medical professionals to create a book that speaks out to all parents. RAISING BLAZE is also a message in a bottle for all the square pegs who refuse, in one way or another, to be shaved, shoved, or squeezed into unyielding round holes.
My Sisters, Debra Ginsberg examines the bonds of sisterhood with her
three sisters, Maya, Lavander, and Deja. As their unconventional parents
crisscrossed the world in search of the perfect place to live, Debra
and her sisters developed a unique intimacy as girls, which they
maintain today as women. Written in the same candid voice that
captivated readers in her first two books, About My Sisters is an
absorbing and heartfelt view into the complex ties of sisterhood.
DENVER POST BESTSELLER
Women who don't have sisters, and, of course, men, may never fully
understand the extraordinary bond that sisters can have. In another
candid, autobiographical, and instructive book, Ginsberg sheds some
light on the special relationship that she has with her three sisters in
the same manner that she wrote about her life as a waitress in Waiting (2000) and coping with a learning-disabled child in Raising Blaze
(2002). While it could never be said that her family was "usual" in any
respect--her parents seem to have been the ultimate in free-spirited
nomads, while remaining utterly committed to stable family life--there
is a closeness and a sense of community among the sisters that many
readers will relate to their own sibling relationships. The sisters
remain physically and emotionally close to their parents and brother,
and they live fairly unconventional lives. Ginsberg succeeds in writing
about her family in a manner that is both intimate and objective. Warm,
funny, and true, this tribute to sisterhood is well worth reading. Danise Hoover, Booklist
Many people can tell horror stories about their teenage or college stints waiting tables. For Debra Ginsberg, struggling writer and single mother, waitressing has been a means of survival. And she has the scars to prove it.
In WAITING: The True Confessions of a Waitress part memoir, part social commentary, part guide to how to behave when dining out Ginsberg takes readers on an intimate journey of her twenty years as a waitress at the dingiest of diners, a soap operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, and more. While chronicling her parallel evolution as a writer and single mother, the book also takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life revealing that yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and no, that's not really decaf you're getting and at how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.
Colorful, insightful, and often irreverent, Ginsberg's stories truly capture the spirit of the universal things she's learned about human nature, interpersonal relationships, the frightening things that go on in the kitchen, romantic hopes dashed and rebuilt, and all of the frustrating and funny moments in this life. Waiting is for everyone who has had to wait for their lives to begin-only to realize, suddenly, that they're living it.