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Ellen Meister

Biography

Ellen Meister

Ellen Meister is a writer, reader, teacher, mother, wife and Dorothy Parker fan, and once had dreams of being a U.S. Olympic gold medalist. Then she fell off the couch, woke up, and started reading her book again. She has no vices, rarely eats carbs, loves dogs, recycles, and never runs red lights. She brings her own bags to the supermarket and only laughs at bumper stickers that are politically correct. She watches no television except for occasional PBS concerts and old episodes of Storage Wars. When she tosses something into the trash, it lands inside. She doesn't lick her fingers when she turns pages and she cuts her own hair. Ellen Meister is a registered voter and says "thank you" often. She presses "1" when asked if she will stay on the line to complete a short survey. When you go out to dinner with Ellen Meister, she will not take a French fry from your plate without asking. Ellen Meister knows that it's only rock and roll, but she likes it.

Also, Ellen Meister is the author of DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (HarperCollins 2006), as well as numerous essays and short stories. Ellen teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, mentors emerging authors, lectures on Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related topics. Ellen is the voice of Dorothy Parker on her hugely popular Facebook page

Ellen Meister

Books by Ellen Meister

by Ellen Meister - Fiction

Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. After 40 years, she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, who is slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. But when she and ambitious TV producer Norah Wolfe manage to uncover startling secrets about Ted’s past, the future changes for all of them.

by Ellen Meister - Fiction

Movie critic Violet Epps has learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker. If only she could summon that kind of courage in her personal life. Determined to defeat her social anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel, where Parker and other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs. But she gets more than she bargained for when Parker's feisty spirit rematerializes from an ancient guestbook and hitches a ride onto her life.

by Ellen Meister - Fiction

Happily married and pregnant, Quinn Braverman has an ominous secret: every time she makes a major life decision, she knows an alternate reality exists in which she made the opposite choice --- not only that, she knows how to cross over.