Thursday, July 25, 2019

Elyssa Friedland is cruising a book giveaway

We're glad to have Elyssa Friedland back at CLC today. Her latest novel, The Floating Feldmans, published on Tuesday. Melissa A gave it five stars and said it was humorous and heartwarming. Check out her review. Elyssa has a copy of either Love and Miss Communication or The Intermission (winner's choice) for any reader who purchases The Floating Feldmans. (See giveaway details below the interview.)

Elyssa Friedland attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and subsequently worked as an associate at a major firm. Recently, she has written for The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, POPSUGAR, and Bustle. Prior to law school, Elyssa wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. Elyssa grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and three young children. THE INTERMISSION was praised by The Wall Street Journal, SheReads, PureWow, POPSUGAR, HelloGiggles and featured in USA Today. Her debut novel, LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION, was praised by Cosmopolitan, Glamour and InStyle magazines as well as numerous other publications. (Bio courtesy of Elyssa's website.)

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Sink or swim. Or at least that's what Annette Feldman tells herself when she books a cruise for her entire family. It's been over a decade since the Feldman clan has spent more than twenty-four hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined to celebrate her seventieth birthday the right way. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family.

Too bad her kids didn't get the memo.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries, and her two teenage grandkids, Annette's birthday vacation is looking more and more like the perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face the truths they've been ignoring—and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.
(Courtesy of Goodreads.)

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
That I'm hilarious. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I can make people laugh. Especially because our world can be so sad and tragic that the ability to escape into a book and have a good laugh is great medicine.

Which character do you identify with most in The Floating Feldmans?
Elise. Definitely Elise. I'm in the sandwich generation. I have to manage my parents and my children and it can be exhausting!

If The Floating Feldmans were made into a binge-worthy TV series, who would play the leading roles?
Annette: Annette Bening
Elise: Leslie Mann
David: Robert DeNiro
Mitch: Paul Rudd
Freddy: Milo Ventimiglia
Rachel: Ariel Winter
Darius: Michael Cera

What was your most memorable vacation with your family?
Israel. We went for my parents' 70th birthdays and nobody killed each other. So I would say it was a huge success.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Well, it was to my husband. Let's just say he accidentally texted something personal and meant for me to the guy who services our pool. And now we are avoiding that guy at all costs.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
White Elephant by Julie Langsdorf. It's a great, multiple POV story about modern suburbia.

Thanks to Elyssa for chatting with us and for sharing one of her previous novels with our readers.

In order to be eligible for your choice of either Love and Miss Communication or The Intermission, please purchase The Floating Feldmans in any format and send the receipt to by July 30th at midnight EST. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries. Good luck!

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