Told from each one's perspective, Dispatches from Paradise is the story of three generations of women living together in Miami--where sex IS the city, DD cups abound, ninety-year-old women recite erotic poetry, and an S&M Aerobics class is not for the fainthearted. From page one, this fast-paced story leaps onto the family's battlefield, exploring the dynamics of the women's relationships as they tear through Miami's racy clubs and wild art scene. As the women are forced to confront past misunderstandings, disappointments and betrayals, they change, grow, and reconnect on new terms.
About the Author
Shelly Gitlow My first serious attempts at writing were articles for my high school's newspaper. And I was lucky to get some choice assignments, including interviews with Peter, Paul and Mary and The Young Rascals. I still have the used tambourine the Rascals bequeathed to me. When I went to college, I studied French and Spanish, aiming for a career as a translator. Then the '60s hit, and I wanted to change the world, so I got an M.S.W. I practiced clinical social work with families for many years, both in New York City and Miami. After having our daughter, I co-authored three books in the quality management field with my husband, a professor of management science. That was fun and interesting, but after re-discovering my love of writing, I decided to pursue my dream of penning screenplays. So I wrote five of them, one of which was optioned but never produced. After many years and much tribulation, (boy is that an understatement!) I had the pleasure of co-writing the script for the feature film Boynton Beach Club with director Susan Seidelman. Susan remembered a script I sent her earlier and contacted me when she was creating Boynton Beach Club. And what became of my screenplay that was optioned but never made? I rewrote it as a novel titled Dispatches from Paradise!
“In the spirit of Sex and the City,
Shelly Gitlow has created three distinct and unforgettable female characters in her funny, racy novel, Dispatches from
—Susan Seidelman, filmmaker and director of the TV pilot Sex and the City