""Tinderbox" is a brilliant gem of a novel: a page-turner that reminds us that, while we are never without the weight of our past, we also choose how we carry it. Lisa Gornick mines her characters' hidden histories and ignites our interest from page one. Absolutley riveting." --Christina Baker Kline, No. 1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Orphan Train "Myra is a Manhattan psychotherapist. But when she learns that her phobia-addled son is moving back to New York with his wife and child, she responds with a mother's heart rather than the prudence that has guided her career. Myra invites her son's family to share her brownstone and hires Eva, from a Jewish community deep in the Amazon, as a nanny and housekeeper. Eva seems like the perfect addition, but as she reveals more of herself, the felicitous arrangement turns ominous. Slowly and inexorably, the relationship becomes too close, too entangled--and, ultimately, terrifyingly destructive. With "Tinderbox," the psychoanalyst and novelist Lisa Gornick gives us a gripping story of the tragedy of good intentions---a haunting mystery of hidden traumas and a searingly perceptive exploration of power and love.
""Tinderbox" is a brilliant gem of a novel: a page-turner that reminds us that, while we are never without the weight of our past, we also choose how we carry it. Lisa Gornick mines her characters' hidden histories and ignites our interest from page one. Absolutely riveting."--Christina Baker Kline, No. 1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Orphan Train """Tinderbox" will certainly be compared to Jonathan Franzen's acclaimed "The Corrections." And it should be, since Gornick creates a world of characters every bit as complex and flawed--and as real--as Franzen's subjects."--"Jewish Book World""I clung to every page of "Tinderbox."...Gornick has translated the very real and tender chaos of family into a novel that's expertly constructed and engaging."--"Bustle" "I loved this novel--it is deeply intelligent and shot through with suspense....An extraordinary book, written for adults."--Joan Silber, PEN/Faulkner finalist for Fools and National Book Award finalist for "Ideas of Heaven ""This vivid portrait of a family unravelling is perfect for book clubs."--"People," Four-Star Review"Lisa Gornick is both a writer and a psychoanalyst. Her gifts for seeing beyond the surface, for appreciating and depicting the consequences of unrealized love and psychic pain, for observing with unblinking honesty the dynamics of family life and human foibles, come together in this novel, which starts off like a brush fire and then engulfs and burns with fury."--Lloyd I. Sederer, "The Huffington Post" "Tinderbox" is the story of a family undergoing seismic changes brought on by a stranger who unwittingly forces her hosts to face themselves. A masterly and dramatic group portrait, drawn with intelligence, precision, and deep feeling."--Daniel Menaker, author of "The Treatment ""A fiery, tender novel about the smoldering secrets that can destroy a family. Lisa Gornick is a psychoanalyst as well as a novelist, and the training serves her
Lisa Gornick is the author of "A Private Sorcery," a novel. Her stories have appeared in "Agni," "Confrontation," "The Massachusetts Review," "Slice," and other journals; have received awards, including Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story of the year; and have been named a finalist in the "Glimmer Train" Fiction Open and a winner of the Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest. Her essays have been published in "The Huffington Post," " The Sun," and various psychoanalytic journals. She has a BS from Princeton, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale, and is a graduate of the writing program at New York University and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia, where she is currently on the faculty.