I started writing about Cristina Alger back in 2016 and my love for her and her work has grown immensely. She is it. Author extraordinaire, mom inspo, the chicest New York style, the list goes on ❤ Her latest novel, The Banker’s Wife is out now and getting the best of reviews. AND JUST IN- IT WILL BE ADAPTED FOR TELEVISION! You know I love a page to screen adaptation. If you want a summer sizzler of a thriller with high stakes, plane crashes, offshore accounts and a wife searching for answers then this is your book. Cristina was kind enough to take some time to be my latest Open Book and I know if I ever run into her we can share our love of coffee and books over a fabulous chit chat 🙂
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“Immersive, satisfying, tense–and timely: This is probably happening for real right now.”–Lee Child
On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.
Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including a few who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search–if Marina chooses to publish it.
The Banker’s Wife is both a high-stakes thriller and an inside look at the personal lives in the intriguing world of finance, introducing Cristina Alger as a powerful new voice in the genre
What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe and Dominick Dunne.
Current binge series?
The Handmaid’s Tale.
Last favorite book?
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Bathing suit, sandals and a great book. St Barth’s!
Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
Last person you sent a text message to?
Book you read that you wished you wrote?
BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe
Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Yes! A law school professor, actually. I’m not sure what that says about my aptitude for the law!
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
I don’t. I don’t need silence but music distracts me.
Describe your writing space?
Anywhere my children are not! Mostly coffee shops and libraries.
Coffee or tea?
Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
HERE IS NEW YORK by E.B. White. We gave it to all our guests at our wedding. It’s such a treasure.
If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Stand by Me by Ben E. King. I truly believe that with the support of a few fast friends, you can get through anything.
What/Who inspires you?
My husband. He’s unfailingly calm, positive and kind to everyone.
Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
Favorite Instagram account?
This sounds so horribly narcissistic, but probably my own! I use Instagram as a rolling photo album of our family. It’s so fun to scroll back and see old photos of my kids. It just fills me with nostalgia and joy.
If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
Telex From Cuba – a brilliant, fiery red.
Current #TBR pile?
It’s embarrassingly huge. LESS by Andrew Sean Greer. THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai. SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Catherine Steadman. THE HIGH SEASON by Judy Blundell. To name a few!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
A professor of mine used to tell us that our job in life was to figure out “where your hunger for the world meets the world’s hunger for you.”
*Thanks to Get Red PR for facilitating the interview.