In a series of short takes, much like a soap opera format, Ephron ( Bruised Fruit ) delivers a wickedly accurate satire of trendy, self-indulgent upper- middle-class life in L.A. If indeed California is another country, Ephron has captured its sociological patterns with an unerring eye and a perfectly pitched ear. Her astringent wit does not preclude an empathy for most of her bewildered characters, who are trying to do the right thing by their own skewed idealistic standards, while behaving in as silly a manner as grownups are allowed. In chronicling the breakup of Claudia and David Weiss's marriage, Ephron exposes the shallowness of their lives in a subculture devoted to perfecting their bodies (a personal trainer carries gossip and, sometimes, his sexual favors, from client to client); technological gadgets (David's car phone rings every time the car turns right) and saving the environment. Obsessed (as are her friends) with such problems as cancer-causing poisons, oil spills, the med fly and the insecticide used to eradicate it, and the hole in the ozone layer, well-meaning Claudia can't seem to concentrate on her plight when David, a successful agent, leaves her and their two daughters for a sexy Italian actress. The ensuing events are funny and poignant; Ephron's rapier is sharp but her touch is light. (Apr.)
Forty-odd years ago a series of motion pictures chronicled the trials and tribula tions of Claudia and David ( Claudia, Claudia and David) . Intentionally or not, Ephron has chosen these same names for the protagonists of her latest novel, a couple facing life in the Nineties. Divorce, extramarital affairs, single parenting, the horrors of householding, the road to recycling, med-fly versus malathion spraying, and the deteriorating ozone layer all find their way into the pages of this occasionally amusing effort at contemporary black humor. Unfortunately, the novel ulti mately trivializes a number of very real and serious problems facing modern society. Limited book budgets can be better spent elsewhere.-- Judith A. Gifford, Salve Regina Coll. Lib., Newport, R.I.
Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.
Amy Ephron was born in Beverly Hills, CA to parents Henry and Phoebe Ephron, both East Coast born and raised screenwriters. She is the sister of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and Hallie Ephron. Amy Ephron is the author of several novels. Her national bestseller, A Cup of Tea, spent 37 weeks on the LA Times bestsellers list and has been bought by film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. A Cup of Tea won Ephron the 2005 Southern California Booksellers Association award for fiction, received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year 2005 award and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection.
Ephron is a frequent contributor to Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, ELLE, LA Times, Saveur, National Lampoon, The Realist, LA Weekly, LA Style, and The Huffington Post.
As a film executive she worked on A Little Princess, Born on the Fourth of July and Out of Africa. She also runs her own food website called One for the Table, which publishes articles and recipes about food, love, and politics.
Amy has been married twice, first to film producer Sasha Harari, with whom she has three children, Anna, Maia and Ethan, and currently to lawyer Alan Rader.
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Some fun and fascinating anecdotes from our interview with Ephron:
"My first job was in the P.R. Department at the New York City Parks Department. I was 16. I was the complaint lady. That summer there was a caterpillar infestation. I received 120 complaints a day from irate mothers about the caterpillars in the parks and playgrounds. They were fairly harmless and there wasn't anything to do about them (except spray, which someone sensibly decided wasn't a good idea). Once, they let me name an animal that had been born in the Central Park Zoo, a baby doe. I named it Sparkle."
"If I have a hobby at all, it's gardening, although I'm better at directing someone where to plant something than doing it myself. I do get out there and prune and cut. I love to go to nurseries and have a bad habit of buying plants online. Our garden's a funny mixture of English garden, roses and lavender, and cacti and California indigenous plants. And, always, recovering from one disaster or another as we have a lot of deer (and no fences) and gophers -- and I don't believe in insecticide."