Brooklyn-based author Nora Zelevansky’s new novel “Will You Won’t You Want Me?” (St. Martin’s Griffin) offers a satirical take on New York and Los Angeles as it follows a story about new beginnings and the unexpected forms they take.
Marjorie Plum, who was a “queen bee” in high school, seems to have lost her sparkle 10 years later. Now, at her bleakest moment, she’s surprised by renewed interest from a questionable childhood crush, and the bickering with her cranky boss — at a potentially game-changing new job — grows increasingly like flirtatious banter.
She’s faced with a choice between the life she always dreamed of and one she never thought to imagine. With the help of a precocious 11-year-old tutee, who unknowingly becomes the Ghost of Marjorie Past, and a musician roommate, who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama, Marjorie struggles with the ultimate question: Who does she want to be?
Zelevansky’s writing has appeared in ELLE, SELF, InStyle, Town & Country, Style.com, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Salon.com, Vanity Fair online and Travel + Leisure, among others. A born-and-bred Manhattanite, she now lives with her family in Brooklyn.