Meri Weiss' debut novel Closer to Fine is just out and looks like it a wonderful one for book club discussions. Four years after the death of her brother, and her own depression and suicide attempt, Alex is trying to get her life together when she meets a man who might be the missing key to her happiness, or not. Simon Van Booy, author of The Secret Lives of People in Love (is that not one of the best book titles ever?)says that Closer to Fine has "characters so beautifully crafted and realistic, you'll spend the rest of your life looking for them on the streets of Manhattan. This brilliant first novel is a comic masterpiece which bravely deals with the stark emptiness of tragedy and the ultimate redemption through friendship and the power of trust."
Weiss is available to call in to book groups and there's a reading guide in the back of the book. You can read the first chapter here and visit Weiss' website to contact her to speak to your book group. She also has a great blog and is making some appearances in the tri-state area. Check it out!