11:00 – 11:50 at Church of the Redeemer
About the author
Kirthana Ramisetti earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her debut novel, Dava Shastri’s Last Day, was a Good Morning America book club selection. As a former entertainment reporter for Newsday and the New York Daily News, Kirthana has written her fair share of stories about the lives (and deaths) of the rich and famous. She has published work in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, TODAY.com and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
MFOB featured book: Advika and the Hollywood Wives
In Advika and the Hollywood Wives, Advika Srinivasan is 26 years old and considers herself a failed screenwriter. While bartending the Governors Ball, she meets legendary film producer Julian Zelding. Despite their 41-year age difference, Advika falls under his spell and their flirtation ignites into a whirlwind elopement. Advika is enthralled by Julian, but while he loves to talk about his famous friends and achievements, he smoothly changes the subject whenever his previous relationships come up. A month into their marriage, Julian’s first wife dies, and a tabloid reports a shocking stipulation in her will. A single film reel and $1,000,000 will be bequeathed to her on one condition: Advika must divorce Julian first. Shaken out of her love fog, Advika investigates him through the experiences of his exes. From reading his first wife’s biography, to listening to his second wife’s confessional albums, to watching his third wife’s reality show, Advika starts to realize how little she knows about her husband and uses the info gleaned from the lives of her husband’s exes to concoct a plan to extricate herself from Julian once and for all.