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by Anna Fishbeyn


Arcade * May 2017 * 448 pages

“What elevates this above the standard rom-com is the language: idiosyncratic, inventive, and ornate . . . [Anna Fishbeyn is a] compelling new voice.” — Kirkus

"A hilariously sexy romp through New York City’s singles scene. A Jane Austin tale told with Nora Ephron’s bite. How Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw might have sounded if she’d been born with a Russian Jewish mother (and grandmother). Terrific fun." ― Janis Cooke Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue

THE MATRIMONIAL FLIRTATIONS OF EMMA KAULFIELD is an often laugh-out-loud comedy of conflicting manners, values, and custom. It is set against the backdrop of a Russian immigrant family’s struggle to assimilate, their newfound love of capitalism, and their insistent push for their children's tangible success.

Emma Kaulfield escaped the Soviet Union in the 1980s when she was 10--hers was one of the last Jewish families to be let out. Now a gorgeous young woman, going to grad school at NYU, chafing at the cultural restraints of her heritage, Emma is engaged to someone just like her — a handsome young Russian Jew — but then a steamy encounter with a stranger in a restaurant bathroom turns into a torrid love affair. Emma wrestles with what she knows she should do (career vs. art); who she should love (one of her own vs. the exotic temptation), to remain loyal to her family, her people — after all they have suffered — or cut ties and defy those who love her.

THE MATRIMONIAL FLIRTATIONS OF EMMA KAULFIELD builds in power and suspense, easily becoming an all-night binge read, impossible to put down. Fishbeyn’s debut novel is sexy, hilarious, heartbreaking, and breathtaking. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Anna Fishbeyn is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and the founder of XOFeminist Productions. She is also the writer and producer of web-series Happy Hour Feminism and acclaimed plays "Sex in Mommyville" and "My Stubborn Tongue," a one-person show which had its London premiere on the West End. Fishbeyn holds an MFA in fiction from The New School, a PhD from Columbia, and has been featured in The Huffington Post , NBC.com, Today.com and others.