Empty nest, retired husband... after thirty-three years of marriage as wife mother nursemaid, and family mediator, Lily Gold has had it! There must be more to life than making beds and cooking dinner. A lot more, she discovers, when she decides she needs something of her very own--a job!
Re-entering the workforce is harder than it seems, and Lily has difficulty finding a position that's just right for her. When she finally does, she knows it's a perfect fit. But husband Leon wants no part of it, and off he goes to the bank to put the kibosh on her chance of opening her own antique center.
This is marriage? This is war! Lily steps out of the tired old habit of always letting Leon have his way. This time she turns the status quo into quid pro quo and gives him a run for the money. And while she's at it, with a little help from her friends, she breaks the mold of Lily Gold. But does she have what it takes to create a new Lily--a Lily's renaissance?
PRAISE FOR 'LILY STEPS OUT'
". . . story is engagingly written. The voice is shrewd, sharp, funny and yet tender." - Joyce Carol Oates
"Charming and carefully observed, Lily Steps Out is a First Wives Club for the new millennium. Lily will win your heart as she comes of age. A great read."- Kevin Misher, producer of Public Enemies
Owner of a trendy boutique
on the outskirts of NYC, Rusty Scanlon has an eye for fashion and
a gift for messing up her love life.
She doesn't trust men. They've all abandoned her--the first being her carpenter father who ran out on her mother when she was only six years old
When she meets Walter Margolis, a guy who adores her, she
thinks she has it all. Not so, she discovers when she tells him she’s
pregnant and he suggests a paternity test. Rusty doesn’t know what
to make of Walter’s reaction until he reveals the details of the
accident he thinks he caused as a teenager, and the guilt that has
tormented him all his adult life.
Rusty’s emotional roller coaster ride is full of twists and turns
that teach her and those around her about losing love and finding it, and what it means to be a family.
PRAISE FOR 'FEMININE PRODUCTS'
Now here’s a writer with some fizz. Rita Plush, funny and
dialogue-fluent, Ladies, you want the way we live now? It’s all
here, from emotionally stunted men and a missing ne’er-do-well
father to a Woody in cowboy boots. And then there’s your heroine,
a D.I.Y. kinda gal making a go of it as a clothier. Like Plush herself,
she’s someone we need to hear more from.
East Hampton Star
Story-telling is as natural as speaking and goes as far back as humankind. Stories link us, they connect us to our own lives and to the lives of others.
Alterations are my stories, a collection written over a period of twenty years, some of them harking back more than fifty years, stories that lived in me, the way stories do, as a bit of memory--a certain smell, the turn of a head, or the particular sound of a voice.
Little girls and adolescents, a teenager, a father, a son, grown women, Alterations is about characters from different types of families and mindsets. Families that are broken and those that are healing, families my characters cling to, and those from which they run. And it is to that enduring notion of family life, with all its messy complications, its intrigues and dramas, its loving and sometimes mysterious bonds, that I dedicated Alterations, to the loving memory of my parents, Molly and Max Weingarten.
PRAISE FOR 'ALTERATIONS'
"They're intimate, and funny, and full of surprises. .. I especially enjoyed "Love, Mona." The intimate, beautiful portrayal of grief and hope ends with a wordless gesture so tender and expressive I will never forget it.”
- Mary Azrael: Editor Passager