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‘The Winter Girl,’ a Conversation With Matt Marinovich

Category : Book Review

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Matt Marinovich worked as an editor at various magazines, and his writing has appeared in Esquire.com, Salon, Quarterly West, the Mississippi Review, and Poets & Writers, among other publications. His first novel was Strange Skies.

The Winter Girl, his second novel, finds Scott and Elise, a young married couple, living in a house owned by Elise's father who is in the hospital, dying of cancer. While Elise spends her days at the hospital, Scott becomes fixated on the summer house next door. The lights are on a timer, and after a while, with Elise visiting her father at the hospital, Scott decides to break in. Excited by his minor crime, he convinces Elise to join in his adventure. Their transgression leads to a horrific discovery, and the couple is soon spiraling down a path of portentous decisions and shocking revelations.

Both The Winter Girl and Strange Skies are told by unreliable narrators. Will you talk about that?
Both novels are written in the first person. My favorite type of narrator is unreliable. For me, it's a bit boring when a narrator is being completely honest. For a suspense novel, an unreliable narrator adds another dimension for the reader of not knowing what will come next. The character telling the story might be truthful or might be inventing fiction. In a novel, the narrator should be able do just that....  Read More

Mark Rubinstein


After earning a degree in business administration at NYU, Mark Rubinstein served in the U.S. Army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. After his discharge he returned to college, went to medical school and became a physician, then a psychiatrist. As a forensic psychiatrist, he was an expert witness in many trials. As an attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell, he taught psychiatric residents, psychologists and social workers while practicing psychiatry. Rubinstein's high-octane thrillers Mad Dog House (2012) and its sequel, Mad Dog Justice (2014), were both finalists for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. His 2nd thriller, Love Gone Mad, was published in September 2013 and his novella, The Foot Soldier (November 2013) won the Silver award in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, in the Popular Fiction category. His novella, Return to Sandara, (October 2014), won the gold IPPY Award for Suspense/Fiction. Before turning to fiction, he co-authored five self-help books on psychological and medical topics. His latest novel, The Lovers' Tango, was published on June 1, 2015. To learn more, please visit: http://www.markrubinstein-author.com. Hide full bio

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