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Robin Epstein is a writer, runner, professor and astronaut* (*in her own mind). Beginning her career as a comic and television writer, she's written for the New York Times, Quartz, Medium, Marie Claire, and Glamour among other publications. Her young adult novel, God Is In the Pancakes, was an official selection of the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) Charlotte Award Master List and was nominated for a Georgia Peach Award. A contributor to This American Life on NPR, she's also been lead writer on video games for Atari and Activision. Robin attended Princeton University and got her MFA from Columbia University. She is an Assistant Arts Professor in Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Advanced Academic Programs. She currently lives in New York with her fetching pit bull Bandit, who's a regular at East Side Ink.
Praise for H.E.A.R.
"A clever integration of psychological references, teenage angst, and a good old-fashioned whodunit... The flawed characters, unlikely alliances, and fast plot twists makes this volume a page-turner."
—School Library Journal
“This action-packed thriller about beautiful psychic teenagers and how emotions change our ability to ‘see’ is a dazzling and affecting page-turner. Epstein’s writing is smart, funny and truly sensational.”
—New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart
“As someone who has always fantasized about what it might be like to read minds or predict the future, I devoured every page.”
—Zoe Aarsen, author of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
Official Selection: 2012 New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) Charlotte Award Master List
Nominated for the Geogia Peach Book Award
Nice words for God Is In The Pancakes
"As 15-year-old candy striper Grace gets to know 84-year-old Frank Sands, she finds “a sharper version of herself,” wittier, more intelligent, and very likable. Yet Mr. Sands is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and as he steadily loses his ability to function, he has one last request of his favorite caretaker: please help him die. Former stand-up comic Epstein packs a lot into this novel. Grace's life has several parallel story lines: her relationship with Mrs. Sands; the changing dynamic with her best friend, Eric; her parents' divorce; and her sister's decision to have sex with a two-timing boyfriend. Everything comes together in an authentic, breezy read that asks difficult questions and doesn't shy away from direct answers, or the reality that answers may not exist. With well-developed adults and a teen seeking help from God and anyone she perceives as wise, this memorable novel offers food for thought and sustenance for the soul."
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Big love for So Sue Me, Jackass!
This informative, hilarious guide to the law will steer you through everything from on-line porn on the job to common-law marriage; from pet burials to Ponzi schemes. The Epstein sisters have fully mastered “I Sue,” the ancient, mysterious Jewish art of self-defense, and are, for the first time, sharing these secrets with gentiles. This book cannot replace a real lawyer when you get into trouble, but mastering its contents will save you from needing one.”–Ronald L. Kuby, Host, “Doing Time with Ron Kuby”
“This fun and funny book offers a wealth of practical and jaw-dropping legal insight, administered in a uniquely painless fashion. It also offers one of the most arresting author photos in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence.” –Roger Parloff, senior editor for legal affairs, Fortune magazine
So this happened for Shaking Her Assets...
"Shaking Her Assets," a stylish cut of chick lit by Robin Epstein and Renee Kaplan...is a breezy bathtub read about one of those ideas -- you know, the kind that makes you think, "I should quite this gig and just..."... This light romp through Manhattan -- with all its art, food and creative energy -- and makes readers want to hop and train and take a bite out of the Big Apple, just like the city's newest heroine.
-The Houston Buzz
Fresh ideas like the comic book angle make this debut novel a cut above the ordinary. Engaging characters, particularly the smart and thoughtful protagonist, add sparkle to an appealing plot. The witty dialogue never falters and the Manhattan hipster scene feels authentic. Writing partners Epstein and Kaplan have collaborated on a sexy success story with great big heart.
-Romantic Times, 4-stars