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Aug 20, 2021

Miranda Cowley Heller talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, The Paper Palace, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

Set on the Outer Cape of Cape Cod over the course of 24 hours, Elle must make a decision about whether to stay with her husband, Peter, or to leave her marriage for her childhood friend, Jonas. The book looks back over Elle’s life and delves into moments, including one pivotal one, that will influence her decision.

Miranda talks to Carol about how she came to write this book in her fifties after putting it aside almost a decade ago and the story's development. She talks about how her poetry background has influenced her writing. They discuss the cover, which has its own background in her family. Miranda is currently writing the script for the book's adaptation for HBO, a homecoming of sorts for her, as she worked as the head of programs at HBO, including "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," and "The Wire."

Book Discussed in This Episode:

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald