The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield

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About The Book

The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield is an often laugh-out-loud comedy of conflicting manners, values, and customs, set against the backdrop of a Russian immigrant family's struggle to assimilate, their newfound love of capitalism, and their insistent push for their children's tangible success. Emma Kaulfield escaped the Soviet Union in the 1980s when she was 10--hers was one of the last Jewish families to be let out. Now a gorgeous young woman, going to grad school at NYU, chaffing at the cultural restraints of her heritage, Emma is engaged to someone just like her--a handsome young Russian Jew--but then a steamy encounter with a stranger in a restaurant bathroom turns into a torrid love affair. She wrestles with what she knows she should do (career vs. art); who she should love (one of her own vs. the exotic temptation), to remain loyal to her family, her people--after all they have suffered--or cut ties and defy those who love her. The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield builds in power and suspense, easily becoming an all-night binge read, impossible to put down. Fishbeyn's debut novel is sexy, hilarious, heartbreaking, and breathtaking.

About The Author

Anna Fishbeyn is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and the founder of XOFeminist Productions. She is also the writer and producer of web-series Happy Hour Feminism and acclaimed plays Sex in Mommyville and My Stubborn Tongue , a one-person show which had its London premiere on the West End. Fishbeyn holds an MFA in fiction from The New School, a PhD from Columbia, and has been featured in The Huffington Post , NBC.com, Today.com and others. Her film Invisible Alice about sex trafficking has been nominated for best musical by Action On Film International Film Festival.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (May 23, 2017)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628727586

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Raves and Reviews

"What elevates this above the standard rom-com is the language: idiosyncratic, inventive, and ornate . . . [Anna Fishbeyn is a] compelling new voice." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fishbeyn's thoughtful debut offers an in-depth exploration into an individual?s struggles with conflicting desires and expectations as well as a distinctive perspective on the immigrant experience."-- Booklist

"The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield is a brash, flamboyant and highly impressive debut novel. [Fishbeyn's]...verbal dexterity would be impressive coming from any writer. Considering that Fishbeyn achieved it as a nonnative English speaker is astonishing. It may sound hyperbolic, but as I read Emma Kaulfield, the word that kept running through my head was 'Nabokovian.'"-- The Clyde Fitch Report

"a hilariously sexy romp through New York City?s singles scene. A Jane Austin tale told with Nora Ephron's bite. How Sex in the City's Carrie Bradshaw might have sounded if she'd been born with a Russian Jewish mother (and grandmother). Terrific fun." -- Janis Cooke Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue

"What elevates this above the standard rom-com is the language: idiosyncratic, inventive, and ornate . . . [Anna Fishbeyn is a] compelling new voice." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fishbeyn's thoughtful debut offers an in-depth exploration into an individual?s struggles with conflicting desires and expectations as well as a distinctive perspective on the immigrant experience."-- Booklist

"The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield is a brash, flamboyant and highly impressive debut novel. [Fishbeyn's]...verbal dexterity would be impressive coming from any writer. Considering that Fishbeyn achieved it as a nonnative English speaker is astonishing. It may sound hyperbolic, but as I read Emma Kaulfield, the word that kept running through my head was 'Nabokovian.'"-- The Clyde Fitch Report

"a hilariously sexy romp through New York City?s singles scene. A Jane Austin tale told with Nora Ephron's bite. How Sex in the City's Carrie Bradshaw might have sounded if she'd been born with a Russian Jewish mother (and grandmother). Terrific fun." -- Janis Cooke Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue