HAILED AS “ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED INDIE BOOKS OF 2016” BY BARNES & NOBLE, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR SUSANNAH APPELBAUM TAKES ON YA MARKET WITH DIVAH – “ELOISE MEETS ROSEMARY’S BABY” SET IN NEW YORK CITY’S VERY OWN CARLYLE HOTEL
Susannah Appelbaum is fond of saying, with a bit of a wicked chuckle, “Every time I open my laptop, a dragon appears.”
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“Susannah Appelbaum has written a story so full of high fashion,
high society, humor, horror, history, romance, and magic you might not
stop to notice the beautiful writing, but you should. It’s all there.”
—Nora Raleigh Baskin, award-winning author of What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows and Anything But Typical
“Susannah Appelbaum’s Divah is a creepy, fun, demonic romp through
the Upper East Side of Manhattan and French Revolution Paris,
and I want to be Itzy Nash when I grow up.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
“With rich imagery and playful plotting, Appelbaum conjures a beautiful
grotesquerie where Botox is demon food, where Marilyn Monroe was once
the world’s most dangerous demon-hunter, and where beneath every
glittering surface there lurks a different monster. Appelbaum’s crisp,
delightful prose draws the reader through this fast-paced tale that is at
once wildly inventive and uproariously fun.”
—McCormick Templeman, author of The Little Woods and The Glass Casket
“Combining equal parts sly humor, cosmopolitan glamour, and
white-knuckled danger, Divah is a page-turner par excellence.
And not only does it feature a cast of truly sexy heroes
and revolting villains—if Buffy the vampire slayer edited Vogue,
Divah’s heroine, Itzy Nash, would be its first cover girl.”
—Wendy N. Wagner, author of Skinwalkers
The author of the wildly successful trilogy Poisons of Caux series aimed at ‘tweens, Appelbaum’s newest novel Divah is set to grab the Young Adult market with a dark, funny, clever and glamorous take on the epic battle of ages between good and evil, with a doomed love story at its core.
The plot is truly intoxicating: Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle Hotel in New York. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars and demons of the worst sort.
When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself – and all of humanity – from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.
Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the lush trappings of the Upper East Side as well as Paris, circa the Reign of Terror 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Marilyn Monroe is an expert demon hunter. And in order to kill a demon, Hermés scarves, Evian water (holy water) and a guillotine are the weapons of choice.
Divah was born, in part, from Appelbaum’s own life experiences; she lived at The Carlyle Hotel for a time and spent many years abroad in both Paris and rural France, modeling and attending high school, respectively. As it pertains to her craft, the author said she is intrigued by taking “real world elements” and turning them on their head. “The Carlyle is on par with The Ritz in Paris. It’s the lap of luxury, with the best service and literally the smell of money in the air. It was fun to transform this beautiful locale into the entry to the gates of Hell. This is one of the reasons that the realm of fantasy writing is so appealing to me. I can connect one universe with another, tapping into what is real with what lives in my imagination.”
The mother of two children, Appelbaum adds that her thirteen-year-old daughter is the perfect reader for Divah and that she looks forward to seeing how the audience which was so transfixed by the Caux trilogy will take to this new storyline, also to be serialized and potentially developed into a television or movie project.