KATZA AND THE GANG OF FOUR

I live in an ugly stepmother. It’s a nine floor Khrushchyovka, they assembled it quickly, right in the center of the Capital, to house the dancers of the glorious ballet.

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

Meet Katza

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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

Meet the cast: Italian heiress Bianca   NYC podiatrist Candy Danish shipping tycoon Henning Herring.

 
 
 
 

CHINESE ON THE BEACH

She looked very different from what I expected. She was delicate, as delicate as a Chinese girl, only her hands and feet were bigger.

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. 

Sample some stories:  Chinese on the Beach (full) Friendship Hotel (excerpt) Bund Girls (excerpt)