Debut novel MY YOLANDA

A literary suspense with a touch of speculative fiction. Equal parts inspired by Henry James' lady portraits and Japanese mecha anime, it's a family saga with a 20th century sweep.

Meet some of the cast in these excerpts:  Italian heiress Bianca, NYC podiatrist Candy, and Danish shipping tycoon Henning Herring.

 
 

Short stories CHINESE ON THE BEACH

Take an expedition into the Wild East of twenty-first century China. 

Set in the urban construction chaos of Shanghai and Beijing, these stories explore a society rocked by economic and social change--and the ways in which people cope with shifts of power, great or small. 

Read:

 Chinese on the Beach (in full)

Friendship Hotel (excerpt)

Bund Girls (excerpt)

 
Alla Osipenko

Alla Osipenko

From Flamenco dancers to Shanghai gangsters with a predilection for Middle Eastern music, MY YOLANDA is full of song and dance. I put this playlist together to reflect the music that spurred the writing (and the characters). Some personal favorites are Lebanese stars Fairuz and Wadi al Safi, ballad master Kurt Weill, and Flamenco ace Daniel Navarro tearing up the dance floor.

 

 
 
 
 

WIP--KATZA AND THE DEVIL

My second novel, KATZA AND THE DEVIL is set in the paranoid world of Soviet ballet ca. 1950/60s, with temporal excursions into imperial Russia, Stalin-era Kazakhstan and Maoist China.