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Elyssa Friedland | Three of Four Down on Their Luck Adult Siblings Win a Life-changing Powerball

Jackpot Summer
Elyssa Friedland




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June 2024
On Sale: June 11, 2024
Featuring: Sophie; Laura; Matthew
384 pages
ISBN: 0593638549
EAN: 9780593638545
Kindle: B0CHVD6G39
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Also by Elyssa Friedland:
Jackpot Summer, June 2024
The Most Likely Club, September 2022
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, May 2021
The Floating Feldmans, August 2019


1--What is the title of your latest release?


2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?

Watch what happens when three of four down on their luck adult siblings win a life-changing Powerball.

3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

I knew I wanted to find a magical summer enclave that was chock full of nostalgia and memories for families. As a Jersey girl, it was obvious Long Beach Island was the answer. I wanted an evocative place where I could really tease all five senses with my descriptions.

4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?

There are four protagonists in the book – five if you count Grandpa – and, yes, I’d like to hang out with all of them – though one of them not until he chills out halfway through the book.

5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?

Matthew: Serious, dissatisfied, wistful

Laura: Sensible, snarky, maternal

Sophie: dreamy, artistic, peacemaker

Noah: earnest, kind, lost

6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?

I learned how many lottery winners lose their fortune within three years and that even of those who don’t, many end up depressed and alone.

7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

I edit as I go along – usually one chapter forward, two chapters back -- and then the entire book once I’m done with the first draft. I can’t wait until the end to go back to the beginning for the first time because there’s too much I’ve forgotten along the way – not only the small details, but also plot developments and character traits. I need constant reminders of who my characters are, how they speak and think.

8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

Ice cream!! Talenti is my favorite brand.

9--Describe your writing space/office!

I have a small WeWork office. It’s windowless and narrow, but it’s all mine. I have a bulletin board where I put up inspiration photos and a whiteboard where I do some light outlining (very light!). My office is my sanctuary and the place I can concentrate away from the noise of my kid-filled city apartment.

10--Who is an author you admire?

Taylor Jenkins Reid

11--Is there a book that changed your life?

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I just didn’t realize it was possible to be that talented until I read it. I go back to it again and again for inspiration.

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.

This is really scary, but I don’t remember. It was 2013 and so much has happened since that it’s a blur to me now. I do remember dropping the signed contract with my agent into the blue mailbox on the street – that was a thrilling moment, and my husband took a picture.

13--What’s your favorite genre to read?

Literary fiction

14--What’s your favorite movie?

Father of the Bride

15--What is your favorite season?


16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

With friends and my kids with a lot of food and a lot of wine. Dancing if possible. I’m a summer birthday so it’s a great time to celebrate.

17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

The Great on Hulu – a comedic satire about Catherine the Great and the Russian Imperial court

18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?


19--What do you do when you have free time?

Text my friends, read, New York Times Spelling Bee

20--What can readers expect from you next?

Another crazy family dramedy set on safari.

JACKPOT SUMMER by Elyssa Friedland

Jackpot Summer

After the Jacobson siblings win a life-changing fortune in the lottery, they assume their messy lives will transform into sleek, storybook perfection–but they couldn’t be more wrong.

The four Jacobson children were raised to respect the value of a dollar. Their mother reused tea bags and refused to pay retail; their father taught them to budget before he taught them to ride a bike. And yet, now that they’re adults, their financial lives are in disarray.

The siblings reunite when their newly widowed father puts their Jersey Shore beach house on the market. Packing up childhood memories isn’t easy, especially when there’s other drama brewing. Matthew is miserable at his corporate law job and wishes he had more time with his son; Laura’s marriage is imploding in spectacular fashion; Sophie’s art career is stalled while her boyfriend’s is on the rise; and Noah’s total failure to launch has him doing tech repair for pennies.

When Noah sees an ad for a Powerball drawing, he and his sisters go in on tickets while their brother Matthew passes.  All hell breaks loose when one of the tickets is a winner and three of the four Jacobsons become overnight millionaires. Without their mother’s guidance, and with their father busy playing pickleball in a Florida retirement village, the once close-knit siblings search for comfort in shiny new toys instead of each other.

It’s not long before the Jacobsons start to realize that they’ll never feel rich unless they can pull their family back together.


Humor | Women's Fiction [Penguin, On Sale: June 11, 2024, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780593638545 / eISBN: 9780593638552]

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About Elyssa Friedland

Elyssa Friedland

Elyssa Friedland is the acclaimed author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, The Floating FeldmansThe 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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