MY YOLANDA (NOVEL)

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

Meet some of the cast in these excerpts: 

 Italian heiress Bianca

 NYC podiatrist Candy

 Danish shipping tycoon Henning Herring.

 
 

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. 

Reads

 Chinese on the Beach (in full)

Friendship Hotel (excerpt)

Bund Girls (excerpt)

 
 Alla Osipenko

Alla Osipenko

From Flamenco dancers to Shanghai gangsters fond of Middle Eastern music, MY YOLANDA is full of song and dance. This playlist collects the music that spurred the writing (and shaped the characters). Some personal favorites are Lebanese stars Fairuz and the late Wadi al Safi.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

KATZA AND THE GANG OF FIVE (WIP NOVEL)

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