I am the author of BENEDICTION AT THE SAVOIA, a novel, and the memoir THE BOOK OF KEHLS. Both books received starred Kirkus reviews, the latter a Kirkus Best Book of 2005 selection. My essays have appeared in over 40 publications, including the NEW YORK TIMES and NEWSDAY. I was a memoir-writing instructor at Hofstra and I'm a frequent visitor to UCLA's on-line writing courses. I live on Long Island with my husband and am always writing.

Other Works

  • Shades of Blue

  • Between Friends, The Day My Father Died, Lives Through Literature, The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel, Exploring Literature, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, He Said WHAT?, Exit Laughing, Faith

    1994 thru 2015
  • Benediction at the Savoia


Awards and Recognition

  • The Jerry Lewis Writing Award
  • I was named a Top Irish American in 1993 by Irish America Magazine