<— A RECLUSIVE SOCIALITE BEQUEATHED HER A MANSION IN MIAMI (on famed “North Bay Road”) & there is so much to discover!! North Bay Road by Richard Kirshenbaum IS LIVE and we have fun facts + the author is sponsoring today’s newsletter!!
P.S. Forbidden love + “love triangle” and a famous (albeit reclusive) rockstar neighbor. Eeeeeeep!! 😀 😀
“…It’s a delightful summer socialite send-up that will help tide over any fans waiting for the next season of White Lotus . . . .”
“If you loved The White Lotus you are sure to love North Bay Road. Once you start you won’t be able to put it down. Did anyone say TV series?” —Bill Gerber, Academy Award-nominated Producer, A Star Is Born
So what’s it about?
After receiving a crumbling Mediterranean mansion, Liz Galin uncovers clues that will solve a century-old murder…and reveal a forbidden love story that mirrors a modern one.
Everyone fantasizes about receiving a gift from a stranger.
Liz Galin, an out-of-work fashion stylist, lives in a walk up studio apartment in Alphabet City in Manhattan. She has put her life on hold during COVID-19 to care for her mother going through chemo, and cannot see her boyfriend Cary as he is an emergency room doctor during the height of the pandemic.
One Monday morning, she receives a cryptic letter from a Miami lawyer indicating that she should call his office. When she does, she and her mother Linda find out she has been bequeathed an asset in a will. She is shocked to find she’s been left a storied, crumbling Mediterranean mansion on Miami’s famed North Bay Road by a reclusive socialite who has recently passed. She has no idea who Elsa Sloan-Barrett was or why she left her multimillion-dollar home to her.
Liz’s journey uncovers clues that will solve a century-old murder mystery and a forbidden love story that will ultimately change her life. It will also uncover a new love triangle with a famous, reclusive celebrity neighbor that will test her own relationship and values and in many ways, mirroring the love story she uncovers. In the end, the mansion won’t be the only gift she receives….
FIVE FUN FACTS!!
1.) Richard Kirshenbaum moved from New York City to Miami in 2020 during the pandemic, and the getaway proved a source of literary inspiration.
2.) North Bay Road is a real, residential street in Miami, and celebrities from Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z and Beyonce are among those who’ve called it home.
3.) In both North Bay Road and Kirshenbaum’s first novel, Rouge, the question of inheritance is central to the plot.
4.) Readers can have fun guessing which real-life Latin pop star inspired Kirshenbaum when writing the character G. Alvarez. . . .
5.) Kirshenbaum discovered a lot of surprising history about Miami when writing the book, and readers will learn it as well.
And… a little more about the inspiration and the author:
In the winter of 2020, best-selling author and New York City ad executive Richard Kirshenbaum decided to move his family to Miami to ride out the rest of the Covid storm. He was lucky enough to find a beautiful Mediterranean villa on the coveted North Bay Road, adorned with stunning mosaics and filled with secrets to uncover, including an original manual elevator from the 1920s nestled next to the home’s grand staircase. Inspired by the villa’s unique character and history, the idea for his new novel NORTH BAY ROAD was born.
Following his hit debut novel Rouge, which is set to be adapted into a film with Sony Pictures, NORTH BAY ROAD (Post Hill Press – May 16th) is part murder mystery, part forbidden love story, centering on a woman whose life takes a sharp turn when a mysterious socialite leaves her a surprise inheritance.
Liz Galin is an out-of-work fashion stylist living in New York City who put her life on hold to care for her sick mother during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unexpectedly, she inherits a crumbling mansion on North Bay Road in Miami. What follows is a fast-paced story of intrigue and deception as Liz uncovers clues to a century-old murder, a forbidden love story, and the long-gone past that led to her unbeknownst inheritance. Throughout her journey, Liz reveals the dark underbelly beneath high society and draws parallels between her own values and the ones held by the more ostentatious characters who haunt her on North Bay Road. With Liz’s story, Kirshenbaum asks what we learn about our own values when faced with the opportunity to take a more glamorous, yet darker path in life?
Set against one of Miami’s most resplendent and storied neighborhoods, NORTH BAY ROAD is an irresistible addition to this year’s summer reading list. Legendary producer Norman Lear has praised it as “the most enjoyable of reads.” Author Adriana Trigiani says “North Bay Road will find its way on to every beach chair in America and will have readers turning pages long after the sun goes down,” while Bill Gerber, Emmy-award nominated producer of A Star is Born, raves, “If you loved The White Lotus you are sure to love North Bay Road…”
About the author:
Author Richard Kirshenbaum, author of ROUGE (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) is Founder and CEO of NGS/SWAT, one of the most highly sought after branding and marketing companies based in New York City. He has had countless notable clients, including BMW, Moet & Chandon, Coach, and Target. He is an acclaimed author, speaker, and lecturer.
His first novel, Rouge, published by St. Martin’s press in 2019 and acquired by Sony Pictures to be adapted and produced as a film. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.