The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is pleased to announce the release of My Life on Craigslist by Alexandra Ares. The novel sketches an entertaining satire of today’s mores as reflected on the fifth most popular website in the US and the most uninhibited. A book about survival in dog-eat-dog New York City in a unique blend of angst and humor.
Emily Thompson is a 25 years-old girl with a passion for contemporary art and a desire to surpass her modest condition as a bank teller in Buffalo’s suburbs. One year after she moves to trendy East Village in New York City, where she lands a job in an art gallery and an artist boyfriend, her life is thrown in an uproar when she loses everything: her job, her boyfriend, who cheats on her with a girl he met online, and her friends, who all move out of New York because of the Great Recession.
Suddenly alone, with no boyfriend, no money in the bank (she only worked for cash and has no unemployment benefits), no friends and a family far away, Emily starts to live vicariously through Craigslist in an anxious search for a love connection and a work break. On that very site, Craigslist, she finds dates, an unexpected luxury sailboat trip and free theater tickets, an interesting cast of roommates and dates, one night stands and temporary jobs that all first seem like heaven and turn out to be hell. With each new experience she is either the con or the conned, and learns something about life and about herself. When things spiral out of control, Emily discovers the double edge of fame, morals, and the unexpected turn of fortunes in New York.
About the author
Alexandra Ares is a New York writer, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, TV producer/director, and publisher of Manhattan Chronicles. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, now part of the European Union. Ares studied Theater at the prestigious University of Theater and Cinema in Bucharest and worked as a Theater Critic for the Romanian National Television travelling extensively throughout Europe before she moved to New York in 1998. Ares is the author
of several books published in Europe: Stranded in the Past (short stories); Sam Shepard: a Rebel of Rigoris Mortis (nonfiction); Waking Beauty (a full length play), The Men Store (short plays) and the best-seller novel Dream Junkies translated in Romanian at the top publishing house in Romania, Polirom (2008).