Saint Brigid’s Cloak

What Readers Are Saying

I read your book in one f****ing day! I haven’t done that in five years!–Stephanie

Couldn’t put it down, missed it when I wasn’t reading it. So annoying that in the binder it was cumbersome to read in bed. 😉— Miller

Many books are slow and don’t keep me reading. I really did want to keep going with yours. I read it in a couple days. Books like that are hard to find.— Andrea

That line about spinning and kale. I’m still laughing. –Isabelle

First, I don’t really even need to say this – but you write exquisitely. You could probably write an operations manual for a piece of hardware and it would qualify as literature.–Kirsten

What It’s About

Delia McDonnell’s past of portrait-sitting and consommé spoons, finishing school and Fifth Avenue mansions imploded twenty years ago. Now, in 2006, she’s about to take a job programming software for an automated call center.

Well, if that’s what it takes to make good coin. Delia wants money, even if it’s a fraction of what she once stood to inherit.

Then, Delia gets a surprising call from a top New York City hedge fund. They dug up her PhD thesis, an arcane mathematical analysis of subprime derivatives. Pooh-poohed by her department, it reveals a way to make billions if the housing market crashes.cover-mock4

Delia is hired and begins her New York life redux of eighty-hour weeks, six-figure show horses, and handbags with price tags like cars. Her multi-million-dollar apartment couldn’t be better. It looks out over her former mansion, today an embassy.

Delia’s hedge-fund boss has ties to her past. Big city. Small world.

Only one thing jeopardizes Delia’s slice of the one-percent pie. Turns out she has a conscience. How did she get such a pesky thing? She blames her erstwhile nanny and surrogate mother, long dead of an apparent suicide.

If Delia continues pursuing her fortune, she will help destroy the financial lives of millions, betray a friend, and forsake a precious legacy left by her nanny.

Holding back risks her own financial ruin. Worse: She could spark the ire of her boss. Who knows the lengths to which he might go—or has gone in the past—to deal with those who stand in his way?

SAINT BRIGID’S CLOAK is a riches-to-rags-to-riches-to-rags tale billed as Scarlet Johansen meets The Big Short. It is represented by David Black Agency.

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My mom was a world-famous model. It took me decades to finally feel beautiful.



If you read my recent essay in Vox, you know the theme of mother-daughter relationships is one close to my heart. Like me, my main character also has a once-famous model mother.