Delia Ephron

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Bestselling author and screenwriter Delia Ephron's most recent novel is Siracusa. Her other novels include The Lion Is In and Hanging Up. She has written humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world. She lives in New York City.

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Delia Ephron They are so different. When I have an idea I generally know what it is -- a book, movie, essay, etc. Screenwriting has a lot of rules -- three act…moreThey are so different. When I have an idea I generally know what it is -- a book, movie, essay, etc. Screenwriting has a lot of rules -- three act structure, inciting incident. Film is basically a visual medium and it is a collaboration. And it isn't literary. It's a blueprint for something else. I am more likely to "structure" the story -- know exactly where it's going with a screenplay. With a novel, I discover it as I go along, even though I do a ton of research on my characters and their histories.
I've never belonged to a writers group but I have lots of writer friends who love them. I do depend on my writer friends for advice and editing before I turn anything in.
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Siracusa

3.42 avg rating — 9,263 ratings — published 2016 — 21 editions
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Sister Mother Husband Dog: ...

3.67 avg rating — 1,808 ratings — published 2013 — 15 editions
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The Lion is In

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Frannie in Pieces

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The Girl with the Mermaid Hair

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Hanging Up

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How to Eat Like a Child: An...

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Big City Eyes

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Teenage Romance:  Or How to...

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“Wanting to be liked can get in the way of truth.”
Delia Ephron, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

“Being in your twenties has changed a lot since I was in my twenties, but it is still a time everything awful that happens is awful in a romantic way, even if you don't admit it (and you can't admit it because then you would be less important in the tragedy you're starring in, your own life)...because in your twenties you know, even if you don't admit this either, even if this is buried deep in your subconscious, that you can waste an entire decade and still have a life.”
Delia Ephron, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

“Again from a distance, Sukie was once again struck by her mother's chic and how different things can seem from far away, how there's more than one truth, the faraway truth and the truth close up.”
Delia Ephron, The Girl with the Mermaid Hair

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Beautiful Ruins Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter by Jess Walter
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
 
  4 votes 33.3%

Britt-Marie Was Here Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman by Fredrik Backman
From the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, a heartwarming and hilarious story of a reluctant outsider who transforms a tiny village and a woman who finds love and second chances in the unlikeliest of places.
 
  4 votes 33.3%

The Sweetness of Forgetting The Sweetness of Forgetting  by Kristin Harmel by Kristin Harmel
A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother's and what she learns may change everything. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller.
 
  3 votes 25.0%

The Wangs vs. the World The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang by Jade Chang
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together
 
  1 vote 8.3%

Siracusa Siracusa by Delia Ephron by Delia Ephron
New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities, past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.
 
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