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Monday, October 5, 2009

Yona Zeldis McDonough: Breaking the Bank

I'm so excited to be part of Simon & Schuster's Book Blog Tour for Breaking the Bank by Yona Zeldis McDonough!

Mia Saul isn't having the best luck.

Her husband Lloyd walked out, leaving her alone to raise their angry ten-year-old daughter Eden in a rundown Brooklyn apartment.

She's working a series of temporary jobs and trying to make ends meet. The lack of child support from her husband isn't helping.

Then, as if by magic, an ATM starts giving her more money than she's requested. Lots more. Thousands more. And the machine has instructed her to "use it well."

This sudden windfall seems to be the answers to all of Mia's prayers. She's no longer worried about money and shares with those in need. Eden is happier. Mia even starts to date again.

It isn't long before Mia learns that with money, well, comes more problems. Her friends and family are worried. Worse, the police start to wonder where all that money came from.

I enjoyed this book! Mia's a very sympathetic character that I couldn't help but cheer for. I grew to like her more with each chapter, even when she made some out of character decisions. I worried about her until the end.

Breaking the Bank is a magical story, a modern-day fairytale. In a world where the economy is shaky and the future uncertain, it was nice to have an escape.

About the Author:
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of the novels The Four Temperaments and In Dahlia's Wake. She is also the editor of the essay collections The Barbie Chronicels: A Living Doll Turns Forty and All The Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader. Her short fiction, articles, and essays have been published in anthologies as well as in numerous national magazines, and newspapers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

You can visit her online @

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