Elyssa Friedland is the author of five novels and a picture book. She attended Yale University and is a graduate of Columbia Law School. She worked as an associate at a major firm before turning to writing full-time. She has taught an undergraduate course at Yale called Contemporary Novel Writing for years. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, LitHub, POPSUGAR, RealSimple.com, Bustle, Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine and more. Elyssa resides in New York City with her husband, three children and puppy.
THE MOST LIKELY CLUB was a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, a SkimmRead, a Book of the Month selection, and a Bustle, Popsugar and Woman’s World must-read. LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL was a Good Morning America Buzz Pick and a Book of the Month selection. It was the OneBook, One Hadassah selection for August 2022 and is currently in its 5th printing. THE FLOATING FELDMANS was a People Magazine “People Pick” and a “SkimmReads” selection and was praised by Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist and more. THE INTERMISSION was praised by The Wall Street Journal, SheReads, PureWow, POPSUGAR, HelloGiggles and featured in USA Today. Her debut novel, LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION, was a “best book” in Cosmopolitan, Glamour and InStyle magazines. THE MUSEUM OF LOST TEETH, her first picture book, was released in February 2023. She is also a co-author of FIRST STREET, a serialized novel available in electronic and audio formats about four ambitious lawyers clerking at the Supreme Court.
Elyssa loves wine, ice cream, Forensic Files and texting her friends obsessively.
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner; Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin; The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee; The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Coldplay, Kygo, Broadway show tunes, The Killers, anything my daughter plays on the piano
Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc
Boggle, Scrabble, Rummy Kub
French fries and the penne a la vodka from Carbone
London and New York
Julian Opie and all masterpieces made by my kids
The Wire; Game of Thrones; VEEP; 30 Rock
Father of the Bride and Match Point