1--What is the title of your latest release?
THE MOST LIKELY CLUB
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
Four friends reunite at their 25th high school reunion and realize life hasn’t quite turned out the way their senior superlatives predicted. But maybe it’s not too late to change that…
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
I wanted a coastal town with an upper-middle-class demographic, like the town where I grew up.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
My book has four amazing female protagonists and I’d happily hang out with each of them.
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Three words that describe all four women in my book: Kind, Intelligent, Stressed
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
I learned how TikTok works. I realized how old and out of touch I am compared to teenagers and even Millennials, even though I technically am one.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
I write about 30-40 pages and then edit them, then another 30-40 and go back to the beginning each time. It’s not the most efficient but it works for me.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Ice cream and french fries.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I rent an office in New York City that’s tiny and has no windows, but I’ve made it charming with cute desk accessories, family photos, and inspiration boards.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Jodi Picoult. She never disappoints. Her writing is always strong and she’s not afraid to tackle controversial topics. Her books are consistently good but always different from each other. She’s not using a formula.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
The Sun Also Rises. I hadn’t realized how much could be accomplished with so few words. And Franny and Zooey, which just haunted me and stayed with me for years.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
I can’t remember! That’s not good, is it?
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
14--What’s your favorite movie?
Father of the Bride
15--What is your favorite season?
Summer. I need sun.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
A huge birthday cake, a lot of wine and surrounded by friends. I miss my kids but with a summer birthday, they are all away in overnight camp.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
Dopesick. Incredible! It’s hard to watch at times, but it was gripping and shed a harsh light on a terrible epidemic in our country and exposed who is responsible.
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Italian. Isn’t that everybody’s?
19--What do you do when you have free time?
Text my friends. I do that even when I don’t have free time. I also work out almost every day.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
Two more books. I’ve just signed a two-book deal and my sixth novel, THE JACKPOTTERS, will be released in fall 2024.
In 1997, grunge is king, Titanic is a blockbuster (and Blockbuster still exists), and Thursday nights are for Friends. In Bellport, Connecticut, four best friends and high school seniors are ready to light the world on fire. Melissa Levin, Priya Chowdhury, Tara Taylor, and Suki Hammer are going places. Their yearbook superlatives confirm it: Most Likely to Win the White House, Cure Cancer, Open a Michelin-Starred Restaurant, and Join the Forbes 400.
Fast forward twenty-five years and nothing has gone according to plan as the women regroup at their dreaded high school reunion. When a forgotten classmate emerges at the reunion with a surprising announcement, the friends dig out the yearbook and rethink their younger selves. Is it too late to make their dreams come true? Fueled by nostalgia and one too many drinks, they form a pact to push through their middle-aged angst to bring their teenage aspirations to fruition, dubbing themselves the “Most Likely Girls.”
Through the ensuing highs and lows, they are reminded of the enduring bonds of friendship, the ways our childhood dreams both sustain and surprise us — and why it’s deeply uncool to peak in high school.
Women's Fiction | Humor [Berkley, On Sale: September 6, 2022, Trade Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780593199749 / eISBN: 9780593199756]
Elyssa Friedland is the acclaimed author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, The Floating Feldmans, The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication. Elyssa is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School and currently teaches novel writing at Yale. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City, the best place on earth.
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