New York Times bestselling author HALLIE EPHRON returns to Stellina for AUTHOR’S NIGHT on Thursday August 15 at 6::30, with her just released novel CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
“A masterclass in airtight plotting, obsessive characters, and sleight-of-hand twists and turns; a hold-your-breath winner.” — James Ziskin, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries
Author’s Night is a FREE EVENT. A cash bar is available for our patrons, and copies of Ms. Ephron’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers.
DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR
Stay with us after the talk for DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR. It’s an opportunity to continue the conversation, while enjoying cocktails, appetizers, entrees and/or dessert.
All food and beverages are a la carte, and there are no additional charges. While reservations are not required for the talk, in order to guarantee seating we do suggest reservations for the dinner. Please call Stellina in person at 617-924-9475 to insure prompt confirmation.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________This brand new suspense novel was inspired by the Marie Kondo life-changing decluttering tips. It explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients—showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred. In it, Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. Sometimes she find herself wondering if he sparks joy.
After a video of her organizing her sock drawer goes viral, Emily Harlow uses her moment in the spotlight to start Freeze-Frame Clutter Kickers and launch her career as a professional organizer. The catch: she’s married to a man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping.
Like other professionals who make a living decluttering people’s lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, for example, she makes it clear that each person is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. This stipulation has kept Emily’s own marriage together these past few years as her basement, attic, and garage have filled up with her husband’s finds. She’d love nothing more than to toss out all his crap. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. And the larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.
Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit that she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. But when Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour involving too much wine and fantasies of how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses, Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up.
“A timely, twisty tale that had me grinning at the opening line and wide-eyed at the conclusion. Cleverly plotted and cast with compelling characters, the perfect summer book club pick!”
— Wendy Corsi Staub, NYTimes bestselling author
About Hallie Ephron
New York Times best selling author Hallie Ephron loves suspense, and her suburban-based thrillers draw you in and keep you turning the pages. She grew up in a Hollywood family of writers in a household filled with books. Her parents wrote screenplays for classic movies like THE DESK SET. Hallie was the last of their four daughters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, Amy) to start writing or, as she calls it, succumb to her genes.
An Edgar Award finalist and a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, her last suspense novel, NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT, is inspired by Hallie’s experiences growing up in a Hollywood family and by an infamous Hollywood murder. A STARRED review in Publisher’s Weekly calls it a “captivating thriller.” InStyle magazine (“enthralling”) and Good Housekeeping (as “addictive” as Gone Girl) pick it as a top page turner for April. Bookreporter: “An extremely impressive work. The plotting and character development read as if they could have been transplanted from an unpublished Raymond Chandler novel.”.
Ms. Ephron’s THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN has become a book group favorite.
Her debut standalone NEVER TELL A LIE was turned into the movie “And Baby Will Fall” for the Lifetime Movie Network.
She is also a popular writing teacher. Her WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL: HOW TO KNOCK ‘EM DEAD WITH STYLE received both Edgar and Anthony award nominations. She gives writing workshops at conferences across the country and is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.
Books by Hallie Ephron
- You’ll Never Know Dear (Wm. Morrow, 2017)
- Night Night, Sleep Tight (Wm. Morrow, 2015)
- “Photoplay: A Story of Suspense (Witness Impulse, February 10, 2015)
- There Was an Old Woman (Wm. Morrow, 2013)
- Come and Find Me (Wm. Morrow, 2011)
- Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009)
Hallie’s Edgar-nominated how-to-write book:
- Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: REVISED AND EXPANDED (Writers Digest Books, 2017)
Dr. Peter Zak mystery series by G. H. Ephron, co-authored with Donald Davidoff:
- Amnesia (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2000)
- Addiction (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001)
- Delusion (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002)
- Obsessed (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003)
- Guilt (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005)
“This outstanding standalone from bestseller Ephron (You’ll Never Know, Dear) may be the first domestic thriller to weave in Marie Kondo’s decluttering theory about discarding things that don’t spark joy. … Appealing characters and some suspenseful detective work help elevate this in-depth look at people’s emotional attachment to things. After being a finalist five times, Ephron may finally win the Mary Higgins Clark Award for this one.” –