The only thing that spreads faster than gossip in Palm Beach is news of a mysterious death.
As the editorial director of Palm Beach Confidential, Maribelle Walker knows what lurks beneath the glittering facade of the moneyed elite on Florida’s most glamorous coast. Or does she?
When her adored and impressive husband, Samuel, dies suddenly, the secrets and lies between Maribelle and her sisters rise to the surface. Compounding the anguish, the authenticity of their socially ambitious mother and lavish lifestyle of mansions, privilege and couture clothes is thrown into doubt.
As their carefully constructed image unravels, each sister realizes she must fend for herself. The pathway out is steep and worth any risk. Until the winner takes all.
From a nationally renowned observer of women’s relationships comes Maribelle’s Shadow, a compelling tale of deception and family loyalty.
About the Author
Susannah Marren is the author of Between the Tides, A Palm Beach Wife and A Palm Beach Scandal and the pseudonym for Susan Shapiro Barash, who has written over a dozen nonfiction books, including Tripping the Prom Queen, Toxic Friends, You’re Grounded Forever, But First Let’s Go Shopping, and A Passion for More. For her nonfiction she has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Marie Claire, and has appeared on national television including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Barash has been a guest on national radio including NPR and Sirius Radio.
For over twenty years she has taught gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College and has guest taught creative nonfiction at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Presently she is teaching at the Westport Writers Workshop.
"Another stunning novel from Susannah Marren set in Palm Beach. Exploring the intricacies and interplay of family loyalty, romance, and high society, Marren never ceases to amaze. This one will keep you turning pages!" — Jacqueline Friedland, USA Today best-selling author of HE GETS THAT FROM ME
"The mystery catches your attention, but Marren’s vivid characters seal the deal. Maribelle and her sisters are complicated and brilliant heroines, determined to be remembered and make their mark." — Teresa Sorkin, co-author of LACIE'S SECRETS
“A great escape! Susannah Marren’s newest novel set in Palm Beach blurs the line between “inner sanctum” and “creative wannabe,” and will leave readers wondering if they would want to be part of the “in-crowd.” — Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, author of THE NINE and forthcoming, DAUGHTER OF A PROMISE
"Sisters, husbands, scandal, business and betrayal. This intriguing novel about deception, marriage, and the high society Palm Beach scene will keep you turning the page until the surprise ending." — Sondra Helene, author of best-selling novel, APPEARANCES
"Susannah Marren returns to familiar territory in her new novel, “Maribelle’s Shadow,” navigating us through the glitzy, cut-throat world of the Palm Beach elite. The sudden death of Samuel, the husband of the oldest Barrows sister, sends the wealthy family into a tailspin of suspicion, deception and uncertainty. Love, loyalty and wills are tested as the mystery begins to come clear. An insightful look and welcome addition to the literature of mothers, daughters and sisters — richer and more relevant today than ever." — Anne Whitney Pierce, author of DOWN TO THE RIVER and RAIN LINE
"Maribelle’s Shadow shows that Barash has greatly improved as a novelist. She made the plot more complicated, added some mystery, isn’t afraid of humor and is no longer deferential in describing elite and vainglorious Palm Beach."—Palm Beach Arts Paper
"A carefully crafted, original, inherently riveting, and impressively compelling tale of deception and family loyalty...a riveting read that will be of immense interest to fans of contemporary women's fiction."—Midwest Book Review
"A carefully crafted, original, inherently riveting, and impressively compelling tale of deception and family loyalty, 'Maribelle's Shadow' by author Susannah Marren is a riveting read that will be of immense interest to fans of contemporary women's fiction." — James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
"The mystery catches your attention, but Marren’s vivid characters seal the deal. Maribelle and her sisters are complicated and brilliant heroines, determined to be remembered and make their mark." — Teresa Sorkin, co-author of The Woman in the Park and Lacie's Secrets
"Sisters, husbands, scandal, business and betrayal. This intriguing novel about deception, marriage, and the high society Palm Beach scene will keep you turning the page until the surprise ending." — Sondra Helene, author of best-selling novel Appearances