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Mary Simses

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in Port Chester, New York, The United States



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I grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when I was eight. I always loved to write but was too afraid I could never make a living as a fiction writer so in college I majored in journalism. I worked in magazine publishing for a few years and then went back to school to become a lawyer. After I graduated from law school and began working, I enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a university in Connecticut, not far from where I was living. From then on, I was hooked. I wrote a lot "on the side," at night and on weekends, and managed to get several short stories published in literary magazines. Finally, I took the big leap and wrote a novel. I now live in South Florida with my husband, who is also my law partner, a...more

I've been working on a new book for several months (longer than that, actually, but I'm embarrassed to say exactly how long). People often tell me that they can never imagine writing a book. That statement is usually followed by a comment like, "I just don't think I could sit down and write every day and have that kind of discipline." Well, guess what? Neither do I.

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The Big House by George Howe Colt
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I absolutely loved this book. Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that I grew up in New England (Connecticut) and have been to Cape Cod a number of times, and I'm very familiar with the area and the type of summer house and summer life the author,...more
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Longbourn by Jo Baker
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This was a fun book to read because it's written from the perspective of a servant in the home of the Longbourn family, the family portrayed in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I happen to be a big fan of P&P and found it interesting to see the...more
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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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I thought this book was great. Hiking hundreds of miles on the Pacific Coast Trail is something I would never do, and that's one of the reasons I really enjoyed it. I got to live vicariously through the author for a little while. It's a very frank me...more
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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
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I don't read many books about Wall Street, unless they're "inside stories," which I find fascinating. This is one of those books. I really didn't know much about the world of high frequency trading before I read this, and I know there's a lot of cont...more
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
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I enjoyed this book. While I question a part of the set-up for the story (that a husband and father would never speak to his family about the first twenty or so years of his life), I got into the plot and the characters right from the beginning. I'm...more
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I liked this book but I didn't love it. I'm going to Paris this summer so it was fun for that reason, but the present-time story was fairly predictable and didn't move me enough to overcome the predictability. In addition, what I really wanted to lea...more
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“I guess that's the lesson in all of this-not to be eighty years old, looking back on your life, wondering if you made the right choice or how your life might have been different if you'd done one thing and not another.”
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Mary Simses I've been reading On Mexican Time, a memoir by Tony Cohan. It's a lovely book, full of beautiful descrptions of Mexico and really wonderful writing. If you're looking for a page-turner, however, just know that this isn't it. It's slow paced - like life down there - and you just have to appreciate all of its nuances. I was reading the electronic version on my iPad and one day last week I opened the iPad and saw that the glass had shattered. After giving myself a new ipad for my birthday (what an excuse) the internet cable going to our house was accidentally cut by some people doing work outside. So I was without the book for about a week. I'm finally getting everything back together now and am anxious to finish it.

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Mary Simses Jennifer wrote: "Thanks for adding me Mary! :) I am honoured and I look forward to reading your book :)"

I'm still such a neophyte with goodreads - I just realized I had messages here on my profile! Thanks for your note. I hope you like the book. And I hope you will check out my Facebook page, as I've posted photos I've taken and some bits and pieces about my writing. Most of the photos so far are of Maine - the location of my book. They're making me long for summer in the northeast!

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Mary Simses Patricia wrote: "Hi Mary! I can't wait to read your book. I'm very excited about the synopsis and I loved the cover. :)"

Thanks, Patricia! I'm so glad you like the cover. The original cover was a painting of a bakery window with a woman walking by in profile. It was really lovely but the publisher has second thoughts and decided to go with a completely different approach. I think it was a great decision as I love the new cover. I hope you will enjoy the book!

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Olive Hi Mary! I can't wait to read your book. I'm very excited about the synopsis and I loved the cover. :)

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Lynda I'm looking forward to reading your book! Thanks for adding me.

Jennifer Thanks for adding me Mary! :) I am honoured and I look forward to reading your book :)

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