Lore Segal’s brilliant – and, some would say, scathing – look at the New York literary scene was instantly beloved when it was first published and remains fresh as ever.

Segal’s novels SHAKESPEARE’S KITCHEN, MY FIRST AMERICAN, and OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES, originally published in The New Yorker, have earned her a loyal following. Now the sensitive and prickly refugee child who is the heroine of OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES has grown up, and the witty and whimsical story of her adventures among the literati is LUCINELLA. The novel opens at a Yaddo-like writers’ retreat, where life is idyllic, meals are served in one’s room, and cocktails are ready at day’s end. Back in New York City, these pampered writers face serious, real-life questions: Will a different husband, or the right publisher, or the perfect filing system, put things in order—or at least bring a moment of rest on the seesaw between euphoria and panic?

Lore Segal depicts Lucinella’s circle with loving malice. “Here,” Cynthia Ozick says, “is the enchanted microcosm, the laughter of morality.”


Lore Segal has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  A recognized author of children’s books, Segal has also written for The New YorkerThe New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Harper’s, among others.