"Riveting drama and sensuous prose make for an unforgettable love story." -KIRKUS REVIEWS
"If Satan were to write a novel to promote polygamy, this would be a contender." - a very unhappy Troika reader
A young Cuban woman passes her nights dancing in a seedy Florida strip club; a Russian orphan loses everything, then builds a new and prosperous life for himself in New York; a woman struggles to maintain her dignity and hope after a life-changing accident—these are the three members of the troika whose story is told in this acclaimed literary debut.
Their lives unexpectedly intertwined, Perla, Julian and Sophie discover a world—a way of life—that forces them to challenge their definitions of commitment, love and trust, a world that heals old wounds and inspires them to transform tragedy into beauty.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Bobby Walser’s tragic childhood has left him a man frozen in time and mired in a world of his own making—one that has little in common with reality. Genteel and old-fashioned, his manners and habits are more suited to an aristocrat from a Chekhov play than to a young man on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Haunted by his failure to live up to the legacy of his great father, Walser’s sense of ineffectuality is compounded when he suffers a series of deflating professional setbacks. He’s baffled by the people around him, and his only solace is the hope of a romance—conducted via handwritten letters—with a mysterious woman who may not even exist.
As his despair with twenty-first century life reaches a breaking point, Walser bristles at a newly constructed sculpture that represents everything he loathes about these times. Realizing that he has more to care about—and fight for—outside himself, he marches toward a final showdown with this towering symbol of oppressive technology.
Jackson Heights Press
Born: 47.606209, -122.332071
Raised: 40.864821, -74.258203
Favorite Place as a Child: 40.923710, -74.510712
Studies: русская литература, юриспруденция
Home: 10th Congressional District of New York
"Art, at those moments when it feels most like art - when we feel most alive, most alert, most triumphant - is less like a cocktail party than a tank full of sharks." - One of a thousand great lines from John Gardner's The Art of Fiction.
"One day you'll look back on this and laugh...or not." - On dealing with adversity, cherished advice from my wise but warped grandmother.