forthcoming April 2020
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Semifinalist, Kore Press 2018 Memoir Award
“Fantasy meets reality in this charming, funny, true-life memoir, propelled by the vivacious, utterly engaging voice of our compulsively honest narrator. A real page-turner.”
- Phillip Lopate
"Thirty-four-year old Heather Siegel is eccentric, artsy, and independent, and she doesn't believe in romantic fairy-tales. At least not until she meets her opposite in Jon, a man of science, logic, and kingly ego. She not only falls for the idea of love and "soulmates," she goes one step further. Going against the advice of three waves of feminism, she moves to the suburbs of Long Island and invests wholeheartedly in marriage and motherhood. Naturally, it doesn’t take long before she finds herself lost and adrift. To regain a shred of her old self, she embarks upon a series of quirky and painfully humorous entrepreneurial and health adventures.
Can you be a stay-at-home mother and still be a feminist? Does the word soulmate have more than one meaning? Should we believe in the “true love” narrative? What is the goal of marriage and raising children, anyway? These are questions posed within this high drama of the mundane, in which (spoiler alert) no murder happens, no affair unfolds, and no death, illness, or trauma is suffered. What does unspool is an entertaining arc of transformation, a light introspective about a marriage of opposites, and boatloads of honesty. The King and The Quirky is sure to get you thinking about your own relationships and it will remind you that perhaps your most important relationship is the one you have with yourself."
12/15: In conversation about Out from the Underworld and creative non-fiction writing. Barnes & Noble, Carle Place, N.Y. 4:00-5:00 pm
3/8/2020: In Our Own Write: "An Evening with RHP Writers." KGB Lit Bar, NYC, 7:00-9:00 pm
4/29/2020: The King & The Quirky. Barnes & Noble, Carle Place, N.Y.
5/16/2020 Barnes & Noble, West Hartford, CT. 2:00 pm
5/20/2020 The Vine Wine Bar, Merrick N.Y. 7:00-9:00 pm
7/29/2020 Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO. 7:30 pm
7/30/2020 The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO. 7:00-9:00 pm
OUT FROM THE UNDERWORLD
5 star review on Amazon
"Heather Siegel has taken the raw material of an unusually deranged childhood, and done with it what very few can do: fashioned a piece of writing so smart, funny, and insightful that, as we read, we see the narrator growing from a street-smart little cynic into a remarkably understanding woman. More one cannot ask of any memoirist."
-- Vivian Gornick