Meet Susan Coll, author of "Beach Week," "Acceptance," "Rockville Pike," "Karlmarx.com,' and her most recent, "The Stager."
A 1000-square-foot master bedroom suite, an expansive kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, an indoor gymnasium, and a swimming pool set on 1.5 meticulously landscaped acres in a tony, gated golf-course community.
A twisted, darkly comic backstory. Also, a mysterious stench, a meddling fifth-grader, and a fabulously destructive pet rabbit.
Dominique is one very bitter rabbit. His owner, Lars Jorgenson, is a former tennis pro who has blown out both knees, become obese, and is now addicted to a cocktail of prescription drugs containing the letters X and Z, one weird side-effect of which is that he has developed an omniscient point of view. Both Dominique and Lars are going crazy in the affluent Maryland suburbs where their faux Tudor home is up for sale. Idle on the market for months, the home is now being staged: A professional has come in to redecorate and depersonalize the house so that others can imagine themselves living there. Into the messy personal life of Lars and his beautiful wife Bella comes Eve, an unemployed journalist-turned stager who immediately realizes, as she steps into the foyer, that she is in the home of her former best friend. Eve knows way too much about Bella, including the questionable paternity of the meddling young child who lives in this house. Questions of friendship, loyalty, fidelity, sobriety, and sanity are raised to hilarious effect in this dark comedy of how we live now in the age of planned communities, cookie-cutter mansions, and cutthroat careerism.
Susan Coll is the author of the novels The Stager, Beach Week, Acceptance, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com.
Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR.org, and a variety of other publications including The Asian Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune. Her novel, Acceptance, was made into a television movie starring the hilarious Joan Cusack.
Susan is the Events and Programs Director at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.
She enjoys speaking to book groups, so go ahead and ask: firstname.lastname@example.org