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Suzanne Greenberg, whose fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in the Mississippi Review, West Branch, and Washington Post Magazine, is the author of Speed-Walk and Other Stories, which was selected for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize by Rick Moody and was a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist. She is also the co-author of two novels for children, Abigail Iris: The One and Only and Abigail Iris: The Pet Project, as well as the book Everyday Creative Writing: Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink. Lesson Plans is her first novel for adults. A New Jersey native, Greenberg lives with her husband and three children in California and teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.

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Library Journal Editor's Pick
Reader's Digest "Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time"

"Witty and insightful." --Reader's Digest "Readers who enjoyed Tom Perrotta's Little Children will want to try Suzanne Greenberg's Lesson Plans, an entertaining, funny, and thoughtful debut novel about three California homeschooling families." --Library Journal Editor's Pick citation "Lesson Plans is a complex, character-driven story written with clarity about the intersecting lives of ordinary parents, the choices they make and the long-term effects of these choices on their children. Author Suzanne Greenberg mines the territory of Tom Perrotta with a fresh take on today's suburban subcultures and entwined family relationships. Crafted with skill and depth, the characters stay with you long after the book ends." --LIAN DOLAN, author of Elizabeth the First Wife and Helen of Pasadena "In her new novel Lesson Plans, Suzanne Greenberg brings her slyly humorous eye to a group of homeschoolers in Southern California. Following three families whose lives are unraveling, Greenberg lays bare the illusions and despair of these characters, their loneliness and longing for love. But she also shows us hope springing to life as reliably as vacant lot weeds. Greenberg is an unapologetically honest writer, with a sharp eye for how easily any life can veer off course." --CAI EMMONS, author of His Mother's Son and The Stylist "Reading Suzanne Greenberg's Lesson Plans, I was schooled in the nuances of the human heart and privy to the most illuminating of chalkboards. Greenberg possesses a satirist's wit and a realist's sharp eye for details. Lesson Plans has everything: depth, humor, insight, a compelling, page-turning story and deftly crafted, unforgettable characters. This is a brilliant debut novel, a completely engrossing look at contemporary suburban America." --LISA GLATT, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That and The Apple's Bruise "All good parents want to protect their children from the perils of the world around them. Not all parents put their children's needs before their own. Or find the balance between the two. A story set within the arcane world of homeschooling, rooted in place and time and misplaced love, there are no heroes or villains in Suzanne Greenberg's heartbreaking tale of families torn asunder by the conflict of good intentions and desire." --PEGGY HESKETH, author of Telling the Bees "Homeschooling will never be the same after Suzanne Greenberg's hilarious, poignant, and cinematic debut novel, Lesson Plans, about three families whose lives change profoundly through the wild, exhausting, and redemptive journey that homeschooling actually requires. This bittersweet novel is a survival manual for intelligent parents willing to take a hard road, and for any reader, a sheer delight." --HOWARD NORMAN, Two-time National Book Award Finalist for The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist


Library Journal Editor's Pick
Reader's Digest "Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time"

"Witty and insightful." --Reader's Digest "Readers who enjoyed Tom Perrotta's Little Children will want to try Suzanne Greenberg's Lesson Plans, an entertaining, funny, and thoughtful debut novel about three California homeschooling families." --Library Journal Editor's Pick citation "Lesson Plans is a complex, character-driven story written with clarity about the intersecting lives of ordinary parents, the choices they make and the long-term effects of these choices on their children. Author Suzanne Greenberg mines the territory of Tom Perrotta with a fresh take on today's suburban subcultures and entwined family relationships. Crafted with skill and depth, the characters stay with you long after the book ends." --LIAN DOLAN, author of Elizabeth the First Wife and Helen of Pasadena "In her new novel Lesson Plans, Suzanne Greenberg brings her slyly humorous eye to a group of homeschoolers in Southern California. Following three families whose lives are unraveling, Greenberg lays bare the illusions and despair of these characters, their loneliness and longing for love. But she also shows us hope springing to life as reliably as vacant lot weeds. Greenberg is an unapologetically honest writer, with a sharp eye for how easily any life can veer off course." --CAI EMMONS, author of His Mother's Son and The Stylist "Reading Suzanne Greenberg's Lesson Plans, I was schooled in the nuances of the human heart and privy to the most illuminating of chalkboards. Greenberg possesses a satirist's wit and a realist's sharp eye for details. Lesson Plans has everything: depth, humor, insight, a compelling, page-turning story and deftly crafted, unforgettable characters. This is a brilliant debut novel, a completely engrossing look at contemporary suburban America." --LISA GLATT, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That and The Apple's Bruise "All good parents want to protect their children from the perils of the world around them. Not all parents put their children's needs before their own. Or find the balance between the two. A story set within the arcane world of homeschooling, rooted in place and time and misplaced love, there are no heroes or villains in Suzanne Greenberg's heartbreaking tale of families torn asunder by the conflict of good intentions and desire." --PEGGY HESKETH, author of Telling the Bees "Homeschooling will never be the same after Suzanne Greenberg's hilarious, poignant, and cinematic debut novel, Lesson Plans, about three families whose lives change profoundly through the wild, exhausting, and redemptive journey that homeschooling actually requires. This bittersweet novel is a survival manual for intelligent parents willing to take a hard road, and for any reader, a sheer delight." --HOWARD NORMAN, Two-time National Book Award Finalist for The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist

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