Kirkus Reviews Featured Indie Book. It’s a scorching hot day, the kind of day that grows warmer when the gusts come. Lanna Zar is learning to swim at the town pool where she befriends Sam. Meanwhile, her father is flirting with Sam’s mother, a redhead whose meticulous makeup paints a Monet-like image. Soon after, Sam finds his parents dead.
Set against the hypnotic backdrop of the New York City skyline, amidst the fantastical luxuries of the ultra-wealthy, and juxtaposed by the natural wonder that is Mother Earth, MISSWIRED follows the interwoven trials and tribulations of Lanna and Sam, two acquaintances whose burgeoning friendship comes to a startling halt.
Through a captivating story and poetic prose, MISSWIRED explores the depths of our givers and the mystical elements that influence us. Who killed Sam’s parents, and what becomes of Lanna and Sam twenty years later?
"Makhmali's smart debut has a unique style and structure that is held together by vivid characterization ... the emotions play out wonderfully." – Kirkus Reviews
"If you believe that the universe helps us when we realize that we've been (as Makhmali's pun intends) "misswired" and are open to connectivity again, then this novel is your spiritual cup of tea and then some." – The Jersey Journal
"We absolutely love this book!" – Fuzzable
Excerpt from MISSWIRED:
"To say that I remember the details of that day perfectly would be a lie. And I have never been much of a liar. But, then again, what is the relevance of truth to a child who has lost his or her giver?"
About the Author Tara Makhmali is the author of MISSWIRED, the founder of CommonSmarts Media, and since 2010, a certified Project Manager (PMP). She is an Iranian-born US citizen whose family left Iran shortly after the revolution. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband, Evan, a prominent New York City litigator, their beautiful daughter, and their lazy miniature English bulldog, Wilson. Tara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has worked in various capacities from Project Manager to Recruiter to Consultant for notable companies such as Pearson Publishing, FCB Advertising, Bridgewater Associates, and HBO. In her spare time, she plays classical piano and guitar. Above all, she is a curious person who cares deeply for people and progress.
About the Author
A fixture in the New York City poetry community, Hochman is the author of Habeas Corpus (Glass Lyre Press, 2015); editor-in-chief of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East; and a book reviewer for The Pedestal, Home Planet News, great weather for MEDIA, and New Mirage Journal.