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Dispatches From Paradise


“Dispatches From Paradise” by Shelly Gitlow

“In the spirit of Sex and the City, Shelly Gitlow has created three distinct and unforgettable female characters in her funny, racy novel.” Susan Seidelman, Director of the TV pilot Sex and the City

In the spirit of Sex and the City meets 50 Shades of Grey, DISPATCHES FROM PARADISE (Books and Books Press; February 1, 2014; Trade Paperback; $15.00) is an over-the-top, erotic comedy about three generations of women living together in Miami, where too much is never enough.

Author and screenwriter Shelly Gitlow makes her fiction debut in this colorful, lightning-paced, and often wildly unpredictable modern tale about sex, lies, and love.

From the very first page, DISPATCHES FROM PARADISE takes readers to the family battlefield of three generations of women living together in the sultry city of Miami — where DD cups abound, octogenarians recite erotic poetry and an S&M Fitness class is not for the fainthearted.

Written in the distinct voices of Liz (39) who pulls the plug on her marriage and quits her job so she can re-boot her life, her over-sexed mother, Claudette (55) who’s searching for her next partner/meal ticket, and Darcy (18) Liz’s beautiful, reckless daughter who’s realizing she might also have a brain and be a lesbian, DISPATCHES FROM PARADISE explores the complex dynamics of the women’s relationships as they tear through Miami’s wild clubs and outrageous art scene, changing, growing and reconnecting on new terms.

Drawing upon her unique insights as a family therapist, author Shelly Gitlow gives readers three characters they will never forget.  Her debut novel marks the arrival of a bold brash narrative voice.

**About author, Shelly Gitlow:

Miami-based author Shelly Gitlow is the co-writer of the feature film Boynton Beach Club.           In her former life, she was a family therapist and wrote several books on quality management.  She divides her time between New York City and Miami.

**About Books & Books Press:

Books & Books Press is the publishing arm of Books & Books, a leading independent bookstore with locations in South Florida, the Caribbean and New York.   For more information visit:


Publication Information:

Title:   Dispatches from Paradise

Author:  Shelly Gitlow

Publication Date:  February 1, 2014

Trade Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Books & Books Press

ISBN-10: 0983937877

ISBN-13: 978-0983937876

Price:  $15.00

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