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Apr.04.2013
  A riveting and poignant novel of one woman’s journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home, The Paradise Guest House by New York Times best selling author of French Lessons makes sense of life after suffering a tragedy.   The spectrum of colors that line the...
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Nov.18.2011
First the big news: movie deal! Unique Features, headed by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne who were the founders of New Line Cinema, have bought the rights to turn French Lessons into a movie. I am crazy excited about this, as you can imagine. When I can't sleep, I cast all the characters. Josie should...
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Aug.18.2011
By her own admission, Ellen Sussman has always been bad. But how exactly does 'bad' play out when one is a mother, a wife, and of 'a certain age'? Through art, of course. In Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, Ellen shared the story of ripping her clothes off to jump naked into the ocean -- in front...
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Aug.03.2011
Ellen Sussman's fourth book, FRENCH LESSONS, just came out to rave reviews.  People magazine gave it four out of four stars, a ¾ page layout, and the title of People Pick.  You may already know Ellen from her first novel, On a Night Like This.  Or perhaps you've picked up the two anthologies she's...
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Jun.29.2011
Ellen Sussman's FRENCH LESSONS, about how a single day in Paris changes the lives of three women, is already racking up some raves, including Ann Packer,  who says, "This is a novel to savor."  I asked Ellen if she'd write something for my blog, and I'm honored that she did.  Thank you...
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Sep.12.2008
With two months left before the election, Bay Area writers are stepping up their efforts to raise money for Barack Obama. Ellen Sussman, the editor of Dirty Words, is hosting a $250 a head fundraiser with literary agent Ted Weinstein at her house in Los Altos on Sunday October 5. Dave Eggers,...
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Dec.03.2007
There’s still a little part of me that takes delight in shaking things up. There’s an inner child, a bad girl that wants to get out and have a good time. –Me, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, September 9th, 2007