THE MANICURIST, is part of Amazon's BIG DEAL (March 17 through 31). Want to know why it's a big deal? Read on . . .
In The Manicurist, Tessa's premonitions have the potential to resolve the past . . .or they may destroy her family's future. . . .
Tessa and Walter have, by all appearances, the perfect marriage. And they seem to be ideal parents for their somewhat rebellions teenage daughter, Regina. Without warning, however, their comfortable lives are thrown into chaos when a disturbing customer comes into the salon where Tessa works as a manicurist. Suddenly, Tessa's world is turned upside down as revelations come to light about the mother she thought had abandoned her in childhood and the second sight that she so guardedly seeks to keep from others. A magical novel of secrets revealed and a family in turmoil, searching together for new beginnings.
What people are saying about THE MANICURIST. . .
Using language that is at once both straightforward and evocative, Schieber has painted a fine portrait of the struggles and challenges of being different in an unforgiving world. Her characters are authentic and touching. You will recognize them and remember them long after you read the last page.
Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Phyllis. (sigh) Elegant Storyteller. What an adjective to be saddled with. Well, let's see what else we can learn about you. Time to answer our fun questions.
DONNELL: What’s your favorite room in your house?
DONNELL: You’re having a dinner party. What character do you hope doesn’t show up?
DONNELL: Based on the title of your book, I would be remiss in not asking. Do you have a perfect manicure?
DONNELL: Do you like to shop?
DONNELL: Do you read your reviews?
DONNELL: When writing, do you listen to music?
DONNELL: Are you superstitious?
DONNELL: Someone has cut you off in the parking lot. How do you handle it?
DONNELL: Coffee or Tea? And what’s the one food you can’t resist?
DONNELL: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you talk about?
The first great irony of Phyllis’ life was that she was born in a Catholic hospital. Her parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. In the mid-fifties, her family moved to Washington Heights, an enclave for German Jews on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, known as“Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson.”
She graduated from high school at sixteen, earned a B.A. in English from Herbert H. Lehman College, an M.A. in Literature from New York University, and later an M.S. as a Developmental Specialist from Yeshiva University.
She lives in Westchester County where she spends her days creating new stories and teaching writing. She is married and the mother of a grown son.
Phyllis Schieber is the author of three other novels, The Sinner’s Guide to Confession, Willing Spirits, and Strictly Personal.