Downstairs, Dad showed Charles an antique anatomy text. They were the same height, matching tuxedos, thick dark hair, my dad’s graying. They could have been father and son.
Years ago, author Susan Shapiro dreamed of becoming the Jewish Joan Didion. Many years and books later, the dream persists — with a twist.
Valerie’s decision to set me up with my future husband was a triumph. My marriage felt blessed in every way. Was it too triumphant for our matchmaker?
When my best friend Elizabeth and my brother Ben landed in New York for their holiday weekend wedding extravaganza, Ben called me from their hotel in Rye, mentioning that Elizabeth’s mother had chosen flute music for their Sunday evening reception.
With many shrinks away between now and the end of the summer, Susan Shapiro, the author of the new novel “Speed Shrinking” (St. Martin’s Press) suggests abandoned patients get their fill of talk therapy from these works of fiction.