The best compliment a writer can receive is often not from the public arena, but rather when someone in your intimate circle genuinely likes what you have written. How can you know when it’s genuine? It’s the palpable feeling of relief expressed in his or her voice.
So far, the best compliment I have received on The Book of Zev is from my brother, who put off reading it until after the advanced review copy was released. He had promised to read it, but somehow a month passed. I pressed him, and again he agreed. Then he delayed again, citing his workload as an excuse. Then he broke his glasses. Then there was a leak in the shower. I finally had a mini-meltdown, and he agreed to read the book immediately.
A week went by, and I hadn’t heard from him. Finally, at midnight on the eighth day, I got a text from him saying, “I am halfway through and I can’t put it down.” The next morning I got another text: “You really wrote a good book.”
“Thanks,” I replied, and was very relieved that he’d liked it. He is a lot like our late father, and I felt that my brother’s approval was somehow an affirmation that somewhere in the Great Beyond, my father was somehow reading the book and giving his approval as well.
My brother called me and congratulated me. When I went to see him in the suburbs of Connecticut, a cold bottle of champagne was waiting for me, and there he stood beaming. After a hug and a toast, he said, “Dad would be proud.” (267 words)
Can a New York City cab driver and a beautiful private chef prevent a fanatical Middle Eastern dignitary from blowing up the United Nations and launching a nuclear attack on Israel in less time than it took God to create the world?
“Sometimes a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do. A Sharp psychological thriller of high intellect about a woman making some hard choices for the right reasons to stop an international catastrophe.”
–Omar Tyree, New York Times Bestselling author of The Traveler: Welcome to Dubai
The Book of Zev Synopsis
The Book of Zev is a psychological thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart his plans to destroy the UN and Israel.
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About the Book
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Koehler Books (December 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
About Marilyn Horowitz
Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.
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