Rita Ciresi is the author of two award-winning short-story collections and three novels. Mother Rocket was winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Sometimes I Dream in Italian, a Book Sense 76 Pick and finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize, garnered praise from the New York Times: “Ciresi has a lovely ear for dialogue and the ability to nail the details in descriptions that are both funny and painfully accurate.” Blue Italian was included in the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series and received the following praise from Elle: "Rita Ciresi's beautifully written, bittersweet first novel examines love and marriage with unflinching honesty. The ending, with its moving, explicit sense of loss, resonates long after the book is closed." Pink Slip--winner of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel—was described as a “lively novel” by Mademoiselle and “a moving love story” by Redbook. Its sequel, Remind Me Again Why I Married You, was called “a cutting commentary on the lasting implications of 'til death do us part” (The Hartford Courant) and Entertainment Weekly said, "Ciresi's depiction of post-singleton life is clever and surprisingly honest.” Visit the author’s website at www.ritaciresi.com.
Getting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic. But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi, two young cancer survivors manage to meet, fall in love, and live to laugh about it.
Twenty-seven-year-old Francie Malarkey has one remaining relative left on earth: her Great-Uncle Sol, a concentration camp survivor whose last grand mission is to see Francie happily married (preferably to a cardiac surgeon). Francie, however, has zero interest in getting hitched to some guy who actually knows the Latin names for her more intimate body parts. Although she would love to claim that she met Mr. Right at a noisy New Year’s Eve party, her initial encounter with her husband-to-be comes to pass in a hushed hospital waiting room marked with fallout shelter symbols. Joel Goldman--like Francie--is a young cancer survivor who happens to be sitting underneath a warning sign--DANGER! RADIATION IN USE!--that seems to imply that love is a risky business best undertaken by AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.
Francie and Joel's courtship would be a dream come true. . . if only Great-Uncle Sol would stop insisting that Francie needs to marry a doctor instead of a guy who already has one foot in the grave. . . if only Joel's doctor-father would stop trying to micromanage his son's medical care. . . and if only Francie and Joel learn to accept the fact that any person on earth can pass through death's door without a moment's notice.
Bring Back My Body to Me--quarterfinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and runner-up for the Faulkner/Wisdom Novella Award—illustrates that sometimes the deepest and most abiding relationships result from our most trying experiences.