Yona Zeldis McDonough

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 CHRONICLES: 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.

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A fresh and whimsical novel featuring a single mother in Brooklyn who suddenly discovers an ATM machine that gives her free (and unrecorded) cash; what she does with that money changes many lives—including her own.

Mia Saul is down on her luck. She’s been dumped by her husband, fired from her job, and forced to move with her ten-year-old daughter Eden to a crummy apartment. Juggling temp jobs, arguing over child support, and trying to keep Eden’s increasingly erratic behavior...

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Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Anna Pavlova, and it wouldn't matter what I said; I'd want to hear what she had to say.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Paris, France.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising two great kids.

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