Born in LA.
I always thought that would make a good title for my autobiography. Not that I plan on writing one.
I grew up mostly in Southfield, Michigan, which sounds misleadingly bucolic for a suburb of Detroit with more than 27 million square feet of office space.
I graduated from the University of Michigan, where I also attended medical school, and I received a master of fine arts from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
For the past seven years I've been a writer of the Vows column at The New York Times, and my first novel, THE WEDDING BEAT, was loosely based on my experience at the Times as a single guy writing about weddings.
For anyone who's ever taken the long way around....
Austin Gittleman is running late, and not just for the seaside wedding he's attending. Austin's an eye doctor, who doesn't see what's in front of him, until he crashes into Naomi Bloom, a pastry chef with a taste for adventure. Naomi believes a straight line isn't always the shortest distance between places -- or people.
Do any two people look at love the same way? Austin and Naomi offer conflicting narrative accounts as they circle each other through a series of miscommunications and missed connections. In The Scenic Route, life is what happens on the way to where you're going. It's unpredictable and sometimes fleeting, but it can be pretty wonderful when you bring the right person along for the ride.
Sometimes the best man isn't even in the wedding party...
Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: he writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment...and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else's wedding.
Everything changes on New Year's when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seals the deal. Until an Aussie with attitude swoops in and whisks her away before Gavin gets her number.
Gavin crisscrosses New York City to find her again. And he learns that there's something worse than losing the woman of his dreams: Having to write an article about her wedding.