Getting Margie Gelbwasser as a client was a bit of a lucky accident. She'd been represented by one of my former colleagues Michelle *waves at Michelle!* who left the agency to pursue an awesome opportunity as a book scout. I read Margie's manuscript (then called SMIRNOFF'S DAUGHTER) and fell hard for the voice and beautiful writing that brings this coming-of-age story to life. And now it is a real live book! Yay! Order it please!
INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser, Flux, available now
In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar's Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional as blinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom's midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa's the only one who notices--or cares. Her dad is deep in denial, and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.
Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom's mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom's next fall off the wagon threatens to drag her down, too?
Praise for INCONVENIENT:
"Inconvenient is riveting and whole." - Beth Kephart, author of Undercover
"Heartfelt, honest and brave–Margie Gelbwasser isn't afraid to uncover painful truths." - Sarah Darer Littman, author of Purge
OH AND PS: At less than $10, can you afford NOT to buy it? ;-)