Good on Paper (Hardcover)

By Rachel Cantor

Melville House Publishing, 9781612194707, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2016



The highly anticipated second novel from a writer Emily St. John Mandel calls sharp, witty, and immensely entertaining
Is a new life possible? Because Shira Greene's life hasn t quite turned out at planned. Shira is a permanent temp with a few short stories published in minor literary magazines and a PhD on Dante's "Vita Nuova "that she abandoned halfway.
Her life has some happy certainties, though: she lives with her friend Ahmad, and her daughter, Andi, on the Upper West Side. They re an unconventional family, but a real one, with Friday night dinner rituals, private jokes, and the shared joys and strains of any other family.
So when she gets the call from Romei, the winner of last year's Nobel Prize and the irascible idol of grad students everywhere, and he tells her he wants her to translate his new book, Shira is happy . . . but stunned. Suddenly, Shira sees a new beckoning: academic glory, a career as a literary translator, and even love (with a part-time rabbi and owner of the neighborhood indie bookstore). That is, until Romei starts sending her pages of the manuscript and she realizes that something odd is going on: his book may in fact be untranslatable.
A deft, funny, and big-hearted novel about second chances, "Good on Paper "is a grand novel of family, friendship, and possibility.

About the Author

RACHEL CANTOR is the author of the acclaimed debut novel "A Highly Unlikely Scenario "(Melville House)" "and her short stories have appeared in "The Paris Review," "One Story," "Ninth Letter," and "The Kenyon Review," among other publications. "Good on Paper" is her second novel. Cantor was raised in Rome and Connecticut, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.