filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro's childhood in Manhattan's Lower East
Side colors everything she creates.
Despite its cheeky title, her first (and largely autobiographical)
novel, written in her twenties, THE UNEXPECTED SALAMI (1998,
Algonquin), was critically acclaimed, and was an American Library
Association notable book. The book is currently in development as a
major motion picture, to be directed by Alan White (Risk,
THE MATZO BALL HEIRESS (2004) is Shapiro's first novel for R