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Women’s Fiction, Thriller
Liz Nabor is driven, intelligent, and ambitious. She’s built a successful Wall Street career, has a gorgeous boyfriend, and enjoys a glamorous Manhattan lifestyle.
But the financial crisis of 2008–2009 brings added pressure to perform, and Liz’s boss expects her to meet company goals…whatever it takes.
When the infamous Bernie Madoff confesses to a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, Liz finds herself dragged into the swirl of the scandal. Suddenly her career is in danger of crashing along with the economy.
While making a plan to revitalize her professional life, a family crisis emerges far from home in western Washington. Torn between two coasts, Liz must confront unhealed family wounds as she struggles to clear her name. Will the woman who has it all lose everything?
What She Knew examines the ethical and moral boundaries of ambition and the power of family relationships to hurt or heal.
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Charts, graphs, and tickers flash on the computer screens like slot machines in second-by-second breathless time, but there are no ringing bells or coins flying out to eager hands. Instead, they scream the blood-red of financial massacre. Every market, from the U.S. to Europe to Japan, is exploding with panic.
Liz needs a break and switches off her monitors. As they go black, her reflection reveals high cheekbones and spiky pale hair, but also a furrowed brow and clenched jaw. Each day brings frantic phone calls from investors whose money she swore to increase, and each night she tosses and turns in anticipation of the next round of bad news.
In the summer of 2008 when the downturn looked more like a trickle and less like a tsunami, she received thoughtful questions and entertained gentle concerns about individual stocks or funds. Now, clients who have worked with her for years, who tended their nest eggs, worry they won’t be able to retire. Or, worse, will they lose everything they’ve worked for? “When will it end?” they ask on nicer days. “What the hell are you going to do to fix this?” is what they say on not-as-nice days, which happen more and more often.
She reassures them, reminding them investing is a long-term strategy. The market will correct itself soon. Buy more in order to profit when the market returns to its former glory. Lately, though, her words sound hollow and insincere, even to her.
Her cell phone rings. She looks at the caller I.D. and groans. If anyone knows the worst time to call, it’s her sister Barbara, probably wanting to discuss recipes for Christmas cookies. She considers letting the call go to voice mail, but Barbara will keep calling. Besides, Liz’s options are to talk to Barbara or another dissatisfied client. It’s a toss-up, but Liz relents and picks up the phone.
“Aunt Eddie is sick again,” Barbara says. “She’s dying. You have to go see her.”
“I can’t.” Liz turns her monitors back on. Nothing but red, red, red. Her heart beats faster in her chest, and her breath is as shallow and fast as a baby bird’s. “I’m kind of busy here, can we talk tomorrow?”
“Don’t be so cold. It’s bad this time.”
“The last time you tried to drag me out there, she had a sprained ankle. The time before that, she lost her keys or something.” Liz clicks on an e-mail, peruses it, and jots down a few notes. It’s yet another demand to hold a client’s hand, to tell him everything will be all right.
But will it?
About the Author:
Nadine Galinsky Feldman is an author of women’s and historical fiction. Her latest novel, What She Knew, explores what happens when Liz Nabor, who has built a successful Wall Street career, is inadvertently caught up in the Bernie Madoff scandal.
Her debut novel, The Foreign Language of Friends, tells the story of four women who meet in a Spanish class and take an instant dislike to each other! The Foreign Language of Friends was named a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Chick Lit category. It was also named a Gold Medal Winner, Women’s Issues, in the 2011 eLit Book Awards.
As an editor, Nadine produced Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman’s Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman. Patchwork provides a glimpse into life in the South Bronx during the Depression. With an immigrant mother and disabled father, Jeanette Feldman discovered the power of art and culture to transcend poverty. Patchwork won the 2010 Indie Excellence Award for Best Memoir.
Her first book, When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, provided grief support to an underserved population. When a Grandchild Dies is out of print but remains available in a Kindle format.
Through her blog, at www.nadinefeldman.com, Nadine informs and inspires women at midlife.
When not working on her many writing projects, Nadine loves traveling, gardening, genealogy, and yoga. In addition, she supports numerous charitable causes, including DonorsChoose, the Jefferson County (WA) Food Bank and Gardens, Key City Public Theatre, and the Port Townsend Film Institute. She divides her time between New York City and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
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When did you start to have a love for books?
I grew up in a family that didn’t have a lot of formal education, but my parents were big readers, and that had a profound influence on me. My first name is Beth from the character in Little Women, so I was literally born with the influence of books!
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
Though Little Women obviously was a favorite, Jane Eyre showed me the real power of books.
What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?
I was a late bloomer, always wanting to write but never actually doing it. Then in the late 90s, I became ill with a debilitating disease, had two pregnancy losses, and watched as my financial security and even a marriage crumbled. I decided then that life is short and unpredictable, so we must do what we love!
Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
My first inspiration was my mother. In a phone call after the stillbirth of my daughter, she asked me to help her find a book for grandparents to help her with her grief. At the time, little was available, and that’s what started my writing career.
I am inspired by places. Readers of What She Knew will get detailed descriptions of New York City and the Pacific Northwest. I also couldn’t shake loose a fascination with the Madoff scandal.
The Foreign Language of Friends was, oddly enough, inspired by a disastrous kayaking episode in British Columbia (there’s a kayaking scene in the book, though I’ve moved it to Costa Rica)…I was also living in Houston at the time. I had left my day job and felt lonely because my friends from work were scattered all over the city.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
The one I’m working on now, Factory Girl. It’s loosely based on the life of my great-great grandmother, who disappeared from the family history until I rediscovered her last year. It also requires research in Scotland, and I love to travel!
What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
This is an interesting question, because I enjoy writing about complex women who can be difficult to love. I hope what readers will connect to is the emotional journey, where my characters grow and change…and find a way to redeem themselves! My favorite character, though (so far), is Julia from The Foreign Language of Friends. She’s sweet and loving, and she’s the one who gathers a disparate group of women together and helps them become friends.
So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?
The first time I received a fan letter. This was for When a Grandchild Dies, and I have received numerous letters from grandparents and their families thanking me for writing it. Those letters are often filled with pain and sorrow, and I cry over every one. I wish there wasn’t a need for the book, but I am proud of it…it was a genuine labor of love.
What can readers expect from you next?
Factory Girl is a historical fiction novel set in late 19th-century Scotland. It tells the story of Jane Thorburn, an independent young woman struggling to make a living in the woolen mills.
Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
I consider What She Knew a women’s fiction novel first and foremost. Though it involves the Madoff scandal, it’s really about Liz Nabor’s emotional journey to a deeper and better part of herself. That said, several people are calling it a thriller. I never set out to write it that way, but that’s how it came out! So I call it “women’s fiction with a touch of thriller.”
Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?
Right now I’m really loving The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I also think Julie Christine Johnson knocked it out of the park with In Another Life, which is her debut novel. Also, though my books tend to be more serious, I read anything by Sophie Kinsella, especially when I need a boost to my mood.
Favorite TV shows? Well, two of them are about to go away — The Good Wife and Downton Abbey! My husband and I have fallen in love with British murder mysteries and are soaking them up on Netflix. Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries is a personal favorite.
We love movies! We attend the Port Townsend Film Festival every year and spend three straight days gobbling up movies. Also, while spending the winter in NYC, we loan our home out to a film fellow. Two of my all-time favorite movies are Midnight in Paris (because I LOVE the whole 1920s expatriate writer thing) and Big Fish.
If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?
Charlotte Bronte, no doubt. I’ve read multiple biographies on her, and I still don’t feel as though anyone knows her. I’d love to talk to her about her writing process.
How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
I am luckier than most; I do not forget this!
What is your favorite place to visit?
One of the ways I am luckier than most is, I get to live in my favorite places to visit! In Port Townsend I get mountains, breathtaking scenery, and a warm, caring community. In New York I get nonstop culture, energy, and inspiration.
What words do you live by?
Never give up. Never surrender. — Winston Churchill…and yes, Galaxy Quest!
Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Thank you, thank you, for looking at my books. Please connect with me on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Thanks for the awesome interview, Nadine!