At just past 70, Alex Witchel’s smart, adoring, ultra-capable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Witchel reacted as she’d been raised: If something was broken, she would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, she retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim the mother who was disappearing in plain sight, by cooking the comforting foods that were her mother’s signature. Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped a grieving daughter come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of "ambiguous loss" - loss of a beloved one who lives on.
"Ethnic Food Porn"
Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who's been dubbed "the spare wife" because she's the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. She'll go to sports events with the husbands, throw elegant dinner parties, and shop with the wives.
During the 1980s, a disenchanted assistant editor at a women’s magazine is devoted to her fiance, a Wall street moneyman who personifies all her yuppie lifestyle fantasies. However, her bubble bursts when she discovers he’s secretly engaged to two other women. Crestfallen, the woman who hates her magazine job becomes devoted to it.
Alex Witchel is a New York Times culture writer best known for her theatre industry and fashion columns. Me Times Three is her first novel, soon to be a motion picture.