Books by Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman is the author of several novels as well as magazine articles about American history. She lives in New York City with her husband.

TERRIBLE VIRTUE by Ellen Feldman
Released: March 22, 2016

"Feldman's (The Unwitting, 2014, etc.) well-researched treatment of the often tragic realities of the life of a formative figure in American social history offers much to contemporary readers living through current culture wars."
Margaret Sanger, the revolutionary fighter for women's contraceptive rights and founder of Planned Parenthood, joins the pantheon of figures whose lives have been turned into historical novels. Read full book review >
THE UNWITTING by Ellen Feldman
Released: May 6, 2014

"While the role of what Charlie calls 'the left-wing Jewish intellectual mafia' during the Cold War remains fascinating (at least to liberal intellectuals), the schematic quality of Feldman's plot and characters limits the reader's engagement. "
A conspiracy-theory novel about spies, lies and personal loyalty set within the insulated world of left-liberal New York intellectuals during the Cold War era. Read full book review >
NEXT TO LOVE by Ellen Feldman
Released: July 26, 2011

"Conventional in shape and content, this nevertheless affecting tribute to the 'greatest' generation is elevated by its empathy for the women left behind."
Sincere, at times piercing, Feldman's (Scottsboro, 2008, etc.) latest tracks the experiences of three women, best friends since kindergarten, whose fortunes are shaped by what World War II did to their men folk and their world. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Creaky joints, rough seams, thin characters, intrusively insistent evocations of the 1950s: a tale, nevertheless, that achieves drive, even some seriousness."
Feldman (Lucy, 2003, etc.), a.k.a. Elizabeth Villars, imagines there being another survivor from the secret annex besides Otto Frank. Read full book review >
LUCY by Ellen Feldman
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Highly romanticized, oddly apolitical, and not very compelling."
Historical about the love affair between FDR and Lucy Mercer, from Lucy's point of view. Read full book review >
GOD BLESS THE CHILD by Ellen Feldman
Released: May 1, 1998

Feldman (Rearview Mirror, 1996, etc.) is like your favorite neighborhood take-out restaurant—the fare is reliable, but you—ll likely be hungry again a few hours after eating. Bailey Bender is still young, attractive, and thirtysomething, but unlike many women of her generation she's given up her career track job in the big city and moved out to the boondocks (well, New York's version: the Hamptons) to get away from memories of a bad marriage, stressful working conditions, and other perils of urban living. A former TV journalist, she finds peaceful and restorative work at the local bookstore and launches a search for the child she gave up for adoption years before. A circle of women figure prominently in her country life: her mother, who resides in a nearby assisted-living residence but still has the energy and spunk to tell Bailey what she should and shouldn't do; Maude, the older woman who owns the bookstore, which she started after her children left home; and 14-year-old Nell, who also works in the store (part-time), spends far too much time with her older boyfriend, Kevin Lonergan, and has become something of a surrogate daughter to Bailey. When a lovely Vassar coed is found dead at the home of 20-year-old Charlie, the son of ridiculously wealthy summer residents, Bailey's instincts kick in and she can't help herself from getting involved in the mystery. Meanwhile, local yokel Mack MacKinley has his eye on her, and she's not sure how she feels about the attention, but Mack's too wrapped up in his relationship with a difficult ex-wife and sulky teenage son to come wooing properly. Eventually, the crime gets solved and its many loose ends sorted out in a manner that seems slightly too neat. There's no denying the instant gratification of Feldman's latest treat, though the pleasure doesn—t last. Deft but unmemorable. Read full book review >
REARVIEW MIRROR by Ellen Feldman
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Having tackled magazine editors, ghost-writers, and first-time novelists, Feldman (Looking for Love, 1990, etc.), who also writes as Elizabeth Villars, now turns to freelancers and young-adult gurus in her latest spin on Manhattan literati. Terminally unmarried Hallie Fields forgets the advice an editor once gave her never to ``sleep with a subject'' when the subject of her latest profile, one handsome and dashing Dexter St. John, expresses an interest that goes beyond the purely professional. Dexter is the founder and president of the Twenty- first Century Health Fund and on the road more often than not, leaving Hallie plenty of time to ignore his flaws and engross herself in her new subject: the woman who reinvented the YA novel. Emma Weill, a formerly neglected child of divorce from Hallie's own hometown and now a world-renowned writer, appears to have it all: a rewarding and successful career, two happy children, and a handsome, intelligent husband in Julian, a former professor and would-be writer living off Emma's royalty checks and advances. But behind the scenes, of course, Julian is an adulterous lech who not only hits on Hallie as she works on her profile but has affairs with countless students and other young victims, all in a pathetic yet effective attempt to exert power over Emma in the only way he feels he can. With her customary in-depth interviewing, it doesn't take Hallie long to realize that this subject's life is more complicated than it seemed at first. And when disaster inevitably strikes, it's she who has to help pick up the pieces, in the process gaining insight into her own past and into the hearts and minds of women as close to home as her mother and herself. Feldman's feminist intentions become murky at times, and the intended suspense is nonexistent, but Hallie and Emma manage to save some face in this lukewarm portrayal of modern womanhood. Read full book review >