If you are looking for a laugh-out loud novel with a heroine who you will be cheering for, then Trophy Life is it and I am so thrilled to have Lea Geller on the blog as my latest Open Book! Her dazzling and hilarious debut novel, out now, is really the most perfect accessory to accompany you on #SpringBreak. Nora Ephron, Gatsby and Springsteen, yup, enough said. Read below ❤
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A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted…and finding the life you were meant to have.
For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her older husband, and wear terribly expensive (if uncomfortable) underwear.
When her husband disappears, leaving Agnes and their infant daughter with no money, no home, and no staff, she is forced to move across the country, where she lands a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx. So long, organic quinoa bowls and sunshine-filled California life. Hello, processed food, pest-infested house, and twelve-year-old-boy humor—all day, every day.
But it’s in this place of second chances (and giant bugs), where Agnes is unexpectedly forced to take care of herself and her daughter, where she finds out the kind of woman she can be. Ultimately, she has to decide if she prefers the woman and mother she has become…or the trophy life she left behind.
Authentic and sharply witty, Trophy Life is proof that granny panties and mom coats might not be the answer to everything; they’re simply comfortable (if slightly unattractive) reminders of what happens when one life ends…and real life begins.
What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Nora Ephron, Tina Fey and Bruce Springsteen, just so I could finally meet him.
Current binge series?
I am currently binging the Israeli show Shtisl on Netflix.
Last favorite book?
I was blown away by The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I loved it so much, I read the final page and started all over again.
What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Packing: For reasons which will be immediately clear, for any vacation I pack travels packets of Miralax and Metamucil, and I never travel without an eye mask because I am a terrible sleeper anywhere, but especially in a strange bed. I don’t like being landlocked, so any good vacation has to involve a body of water – can be the beach or a big city with a river running through it.
Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
NYT. Each time I read US Weekly, I know fewer and fewer of the celebrities, which just make feels old. Reading the NYT makes me feel like a spring chicken.
Last person you sent a text message to?
Probably to my husband, asking him what time he was going to be home. And then one five minutes later asking again.
Book you read that you wished you wrote?
Pretty much anything by Ian McEwan, but mostly Atonement, which is a book I read yearly. I feel the same way about Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Yes, I had several – most notable was my high school English teacher Judith Beiner who told to write, write, and then write some more.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
Yes. It really depends on my mood. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Duke Ellington and the Killers.
Describe your writing space?
My home office is completely uninsulated so I can only use it for six months a year, at most. Right now, I’m writing at my dining room table. If I write anywhere near my bed, I end up napping. I have been known to take mid-day catnaps on the couch; but those don’t count.
Coffee or tea?
Both. Usually black coffee until midday and the black tea with milk.
Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
Depends on the recipient, but The Most of Nora Ephron is a great gift.
If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. If I could only listen to one song for the rest of time, that would be it.
What/Who inspires you?
The small details and muddiness of everyday life and the things that happen to all of us that nobody likes to talk about. Those inspire me to write.
Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
No, which may explain why I don’t know anyone in Us Weekly anymore.
Favorite Instagram account?
@LondonIsPink which is pictures of London buildings with pink door, parks with pink trees, or city streets with a random pink car parked. It’s a beautiful collection.
If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
Probably Gatsby and it would be the color of champagne.
Current #TBR pile?
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
In John Irving’s The Hotel Hampshire, a father gives his children the advice, “Keep passing the open windows.” I love that advice, that when times are tough, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and move forward.
About the author
Lea Geller is a recovering lawyer who lives in New York with her husband and children. She began her writing career by blogging about her adventures in the trenches of parenting, and got the idea for Trophy Life when her two sons were in middle school.
When Lea’s not eavesdropping on her children, she can be found running, drinking diner coffee, and occasionally teaching middle-school English. She enjoys embarrassing her family by posting pictures of her vegetable garden on Instagram (#IgrewDinner). You can follow her at https://www.leageller.com/.