Book List in Order: 8 titles

  • Ciresi's 14 thought-provoking flash fictions deal with love, loss, and the hard choices women make. Her characters experience great joy and passion; they endure failed marriages, displacement, rejection, and grief. Their narratives are influenced by ...


  • "Second Wife is bursting with wit, tragedy, humor, and heart." -ROBERT VENDITTI, author of The SurrogatesThe housewives that populate Second Wife are estranged from themselves and others. They mourn lost children, plot revenge against their former hu...


  • Getting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic. But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi, two young cancer survivors manage to meet, fall in love, and live to laugh about it. Twenty-seven-year-old Francie Malarkey has one remaining re...


  • No one blends humor and heartbreak like Rita Ciresi, whose award-winning novels are lauded as much for their generous wit as for their unflinching honesty. Ciresi's crowd-pleasing novel, Pink Slip, captivated readers and critics alike, introducing tw...


  • Rita Ciresi earned blockbuster acclaim and legions of new fans with her tender and hilarious novel, Pink Slip, a story of family and career, love and longing. Here she brings us seven award-winning stories, vibrant slices of life that are at once pie...


  • Angel Lupo grew up in a traditional Italian home -- an exclusive club where Mama’s word was everything ... and where nice girls saved themselves for marriage. All Angel wanted was to be movie-star blond, change her name, and get as much attention...


  • Lisa Diodetto's mother may be ready for her to get married but Lisa isn't. At her sister's wedding she ducks when the bridal bouquet comes floating her way, and the only "eligible bachelor" in Lisa's life is her beloved gay cousin, Dodie.Ditching her...


  • Rosa comes from a working-class Italian neighborhood of narrow houses with chipped Madonnas in the front yards. Gary grew up with blue swimming pools and overdone bar mitzvahs. Rosa's a social worker who read Freud at Southern Connecticut State Colle...