SLOW REVEAL— “A poem is never finished, only abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry, an outcome echoed in the ten year on/off extramarital affair between Katharine, a film editor and Naomi, a lesbian poet. Set in New York in the 90s, art, addiction and family dysfunction culminate in Katharine’s attempt to reconcile her marriage and face the confrontations with her two grown daughters, an artist and an aspiring writer, mired in addiction. Art is front and center in the novel. The precariousness of the artistic process is as risky, messy and unpredictable as building intimacy and trust in love. Devotion and commitment are not the guard rails that keep a work or a relationship on track but rather a form of entrapment. ...MORE
PARADISE AT H/ER FEET - Azra Kiani, a Muslim neurochemist whose breakthrough of a holistic treatment for depressive disorders could cost Big Pharma billions, is abducted from her New York lab. Fearing for their safety, her colleague Latif Gupta flees to Montréal with her son Yusef, whom she adopted from a fundamentalist madrassa. Together they try to unravel the web of deception between corporate corruption and insidious politics that led to her disappearance.
The heart wrenching story, propelled by fear, shuttles back and forth between Azra’s attempts to identify the source of her abduction and locate her son, and the painstaking process of her son, who sheds his fundamentalist ideals as he navigates the minefield of her transgender identity.
THE EXPAT work-in-progress - A meditation on platonic love during turbulent times. On Inauguration Day 2017, a Millennial photographer boards a Greyhound bus for Canada. When she arrives in Montreal, she meets a gay music producer in his 70s. Their dynamic, intergenerational friendship defies the conventions of ageism and empowers their activism in a charged political climate where the future of both young and old are at stake.
HOUSE OF DISCONTENT - The novel opens in New York with the implosion of a 23-year marriage, despite all the trappings of success. Social Media entrepreneur Ian Callaghan launches Burst, the go-to website for cineastes that morphs into a high octane resource for talent, funding, trends and suppliers. When venture capitalists suggest the End Game, he resists the urge to stand up and piss all over the Letter of Intent.
His wife Zoe, a renegade fashion designer, believes women of all shapes and sizes have a right to the sublime, not just a select few whose neuroses run bone deep in their calcified minds.
Obsessed with autoerotic asphyxia, their son Philip casts about, working the restaurant trade while dismissing his failed attempts to propel his acting career. Heavily tattooed and pierced, combative 19-year-old Devyn studies Media Arts at The New School and can’t escape the suffocation of her home life, alienation from her peers and an infatuation with an abstract painter twenty years her senior.
When the family’s steady course is rocked by conflict, the dilemma of restitution or rebellion in the name of self-preservation brings them to those untidy places, surrounded by wreckages of the past, the beast of the present and the oblivion of a future they cannot own.