Happy blissful Monday! I am thrilled to be able to share my next “Open Book” author, Leslie Cohen. Her debut novel, This Love Story Will Self-Destruct is getting high praise as a People Magazine pick of the week, fabulous write-ups from Bustle and Hello Giggles and Cohen being hailed as a young Nora Ephron- well I am sold. Read below to learn a few fun tidbits about Cohen. All I needed to know was she was Jay-Z fan and Cher Horowitz is an inspiration 😉 #friendgoals.
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This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.
Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.
Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.
So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.
Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.
What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Elena Ferrante, whoever that may be
Current binge series?
Last favorite book?
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
Sunday NYT. US Weekly is too much drama for me.
Last person you sent a text message to?
My friend, Monica. She’s an ER doctor, so I like to text her random questions and keep her on her toes re: imaginary illnesses.
Book you read that you wished you wrote?
Us by David Nicholls
Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Yes! She was also named Leslie and she was the head of the undergraduate creative writing program at Columbia, where I went to college. She gave me the very special gift of telling me that I had a voice and should become a writer and I gave her the gift of asking 493 follow up questions.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
Yes. Especially when I need to get into a very emotional and somewhat rebellious state of mind. So, Rihanna. Obviously.
Describe your writing space?
Desk. Chair. Laptop. No funny business. Mo’ plants mo’ problems.
Coffee or tea?
Tea! But I’m in it mainly for the accompanying cookies.
Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
I’ve given my friends Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. They are both the sweetest love stories ever.
Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Dirt Off Your Shoulder by Jay Z because it’s about being cool and letting things slide and I have absolutely no idea how to do that. It’s strictly aspirational.
What/Who inspires you?
My friends. My husband. They’re pretty cute. Oh! And Cher from Clueless.
Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
I’m more of a Kardashians/ Bachelor type of girl.
Favorite Instagram account?
I follow a puppy in Japan named Ernie and he’s just a small, white fluffball that naps and plays with stuffed animals but I really dig his vibe.
If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
I think I may be unqualified to answer this question. I may have worn ChapStick at my wedding. Plain ChapStick. Not even Cherry. Don’t tell anyone.
Current #TBR pile?
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Letters to Vera by Vladimir Nabokov
Best advice you’ve ever received?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I didn’t receive this advice, personally, as it was said by Wayne Gretzky, but I acquire most of my wisdom from sports. And the rest from my mother.