Books by Delia Ephron

SIRACUSA by Delia Ephron
Released: July 12, 2016

"As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising."
A sojourn in a Sicilian village sorely tests the relationships of two couples. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias."
When Ephron's humorous essay "How To Eat Like a Child" appeared in the New York Times Magazine, her first "big success," she knew she had found her calling. In this new collection of essays, she displays that sharply funny and compassionate voice. Read full book review >
THE LION IS IN by Delia Ephron
Released: March 29, 2012

"Although the life-affirming message is hardly subtle, Ephron delivers it with finesse. "
Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron's whimsical but winsome third novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Ephron pokes fun at the notion that the rich and handsome lead perfect, happy lives. Beautiful 15-year-old Sukie (Susannah Danielle Jamieson) is in love with her image. She constantly admires herself in any reflective surface, and when nothing is available, she snaps a "selfie" with her cell phone. The possibility that she might be unoriginal and uncreative nags at her. When Sukie is given her grandmother's full-length mirror, she spends more time in front of it fantasizing about life than experiencing it. Sukie's family is so dysfunctional they seek advice from their dog. The author adeptly creates atmosphere without scrimping on plot and humorously explores the effects of narcissism and parental infidelity on families and a teen's self-esteem. Fans of Frannie in Pieces (2007) will enjoy the inclusion of characters Frannie and Jenna, who save Sukie from despair. Utilizing Frannie's artistic flair, the trio takes the now cracked mirror and uses it to create art. Having begun deliberately, the story moves quickly to its satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The world is full of things that can kill you, and 15-year-old Frannie knows this. She's become intensely aware of the dangers around her ever since she found her father, dead from a heart attack on his bathroom floor. When she finds an elaborate homemade puzzle labeled "Frances Anne 1000" while cleaning out his home, she becomes convinced that putting it together will somehow connect her back to him. Ephron tells her story leisurely, allowing Frannie to move back and forth between the present-tense narrative of her grief and her recollections of life with her artist father, both before and after her parents' divorce, weaving in subplots and complications both funny and revealing in conscious emulation of a jigsaw puzzle. So deliberate is the exposition that the introduction of Frannie's magical ability to enter the puzzle as she works it comes something as a surprise, appearing as it does more than one-third of the way through the book, and clashes with the everyday realism that has preceded it. Frannie's response to her situation rings emotionally true, however, and readers will enjoy the time they spend with her. (Fiction. 12+)Read full book review >
BIG CITY EYES by Delia Ephron
Released: May 1, 2000

" Good, clean, lighthearted fun with a moral ending."
Author, screenwriter, and producer Ephron follows her first novel (Hanging Up, 1995, inspiration for the current film starring Diane Keaton) with another frothy family romp, this about a single-mom journalist who moves to a bucolic Long Island shore town to save her incommunicado 15-year-old from the perils of a Manhattan adolescence. Read full book review >
HANGING UP by Delia Ephron
Released: July 18, 1995

A first adult novel from screenwriter and author Ephron (The Girl Who Changed the World, 1993, etc.) blends satire and soap opera to portray three overachieving sisters and their deteriorating father. Special-events planner Eve Mozell's 81-year-old father is in a psychiatric hospital with the ``dwindles'' (dementia, loss of motor skills), bragging in his more lucid moments to anyone who will listen about Eve's more visibly successful sisters: magazine editor Georgia and actress Maddy. The old man came unhinged around the time their mother left him for a red-haired biology teacher, which prompted him to call Eve, then at college, and tell her weepily, ``She ran off with that redwood.'' As the three phone- addicted Mozell girls continued to chat their way through boyfriends and nascent careers, their hard-drinking father phoned them constantly and kept them off-balance with increasingly bizarre behavior, culminating in a disastrous marriage to a diet-pill- popping nurse he met in a mental hospital. Now he's dying, and though Eve wants him gone, she can't bear to let go. Finding her husband, Joe, insufficiently sympathetic, she becomes phone pals with Dr. Omar Kunundar, who ran into her son's car; soon, this velvety-voiced purveyor of nose jobs is the receptacle for her escapist fantasies. Dad's conditions worsen, and the three sisters converge to irritate one another over his comatose body. Some mini- insights swarm up through these busy goings-on, but the characters, with the exception of sweet, mild-mannered Joe, are both underdeveloped and annoying. When time comes for an emotional payoff, Ephron delivers an absurd and punch-line-dependent deathbed scene straight out of the land of sitcom. A steady dose of low-grade humor helps, but ultimately this portrait of a dysfunctional family cum telephone circle is only modestly affecting. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

It's war—the younger sibs, fed to the teeth with the hazing they've gotten for as long as they can remember, organize a rebellion led by Violet Sparks, whose particularly obnoxious brother Simon (first seen swatting a juicy fly into Violet's hair while she's performing at a piano recital) becomes hostage and target for revenge: trapped at the Youngers hideout, he's read a list of gruesome deaths before being subjected to several stages of ``Death by Tickling.'' Meanwhile, the Youngers have learned to get the Olders' goats by ignoring their verbal abuse and issuing some of their own, as well as by giving them enough slapstick comeuppances to keep the farcical story moving and prod the Olders toward reform. The parents, sensibly, decide to butt out; and the broadly sketched antics are neatly rounded out as each sib realizes a basic bond with an erstwhile nemesis. Bringing a deft, light touch to her first children's novel, humorist- screenwriter Ephron focuses on dialogue and action that read almost like a script. Her five pairs of sibs are amusingly varied, with a middle child, an only child, and a trio of animals thrown in. Thank goodness sibling rivalry isn't always this bad (nor is it so easily dispelled); but the Youngers' feisty cure makes an entertaining romp. (Fiction. 8-11) Read full book review >