Books by Alisa Kwitney

Alisa Kwitney is a native New Yorker – born, raised and still living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut (English major) and of Columbia University’s MFA Fiction Writing Program, where she openly


CADAVER & QUEEN by Alisa Kwitney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
An American medical student stumbles upon a dark secret in this twist on Frankenstein's story. Read full book review >
SEX AS A SECOND LANGUAGE by Alisa Kwitney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2006

"Tepid and dull Manhattan romance."
Failed, divorced, lovelorn actress gets hunky boarder with a hidden agenda. Read full book review >
ON THE COUCH by Alisa Kwitney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Still, the crime subplot is hardly thrilling: sexy romance with a few welcome twists."
Rich-kid psychotherapist and tough New York cop flirt it up, each playing a role for the unwitting other. Read full book review >
TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS by Alisa Kwitney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

Warm, witty first novel of romance among the unromantic at Columbia University; the humor and benignly distant narrative tone are the reassuring tip-off that we're not talking realism here: The angst-ridden, drug-using, emotionally traumatized characters will grow up without coming to real harm. Plump Manya Mittelman is in danger of becoming truly fat. Passing through college in total isolation, working weekends at a large-size boutique (Zaftique), unappreciated by her dieting feminist English professor (an expert on a Victorian novel absent not just from the canon but from all of N.Y.C.'s libraries), she retreats into bulimia. (Secret bingeing ``at first...filled the absence of companionship when companionship was desired, and ultimately...made the absence of companionship itself something to be desired.'') Then Manya's claimed as a friend by Ophelia, who actually thrives at college: ``a chic little self-destructive vampire'' who displays ``the thin scars on her inner wrists as if they were diamond bracelets.'' After Manya is seduced and abandoned by Ophelia's cold and posturing sort-of boyfriend, as well as pursued and then rejected by her boss at Zaftique, she falls back on the comfort of food, even as everyone continues pondering the nature of love. Meanwhile, Ophelia is orchestrating a demonstration to culminate in her own public suicide, though pregnancy pulls her toward life. She's delightfully upstaged by Manya, who leads other fat women in a spontaneous revolutionary act. By this charming novel's end, ambivalent, abusive, and irresponsible men see the light—and these thoroughly contemporary characters pair off in the most old-fashioned way. Read full book review >