When We Were Young is coming out February 16, 2021—but you can pre-order it today!


Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author

This illuminating contemporary novel celebrates love and family with three generations of women tested by secrets from the past.

Linda Sivertsen, host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast

Few characters and stories pull me in and hold on as deeply as those in this stunning debut. Through a tale spanning eighty years, the author made me long to leap inside the pages, as I was transported by lives that still haunt me in the best of ways.

Yvette Manessis Corporon, international bestselling author

A multi-generational story of secrets, old and new, and the lingering effects of love, loss, and lies. A layered and lovely debut.


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I have a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a JD from NYU School of Law. I practiced estate planning law at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago for seven years before leaving my job to travel the world and write novels. After culling my possessions into only what would fit in a backpack, I traveled for over a year until settling in Tel Aviv, where I can often be found writing from cafés near the beach. 


My debut novel will be published by Hachette/Grand Central in February 2021. I teach workshops worldwide on memoir and fiction writing and the ins and outs of the publishing industry. I am represented by Rachel Ekstrom Courage of Folio Literary Management. 


Read on to learn more about my work as a novelist and feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

Benjamin Franklin

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