Suzanne Donahue

Suzanne Donahue

Suzanne Donahue became a voracious reader when she discovered the Scholastic Book Club in grade school and realized she did not have to read only the books her older sister had read before her. Suzanne is Associate Publisher at Atria Books and the greatest thrill of her job is when a manuscript she fell in love with becomes a book she can hold in her hands and share.

Posts by Suzanne Donahue

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew Walk Into a Room…

When Ranya Idliby’s daughter was in grade school, she asked whether, as Muslims, they celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah. The question made Ranya think about her own faith and wonder why she knew so little about other religions. She recruited two other suburban moms—Suzanne Oliver, a devout Christian who had been raised Catholic but had converted to the Episcopal Church, and Priscilla Warner, who defined her Jewishness more as a cultural imperative than a religious one—to write a children’s book with her about the similarities, differences, and connections between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

Rediscovering a Fictional Icon

When I was given the opportunity to work with the Nikos Kazantzakis estate on a new translation of Zorba the Greek—the first English translation to be done directly from the original Greek—I knew only of the famous film, starring Anthony Quinn. I had read other books by Kazantzakis, including one…

Over-the-Top Wealth + Catty Family Battles = Perfect Escapism

Crazy Rich Asians is a hoot of a book that is so much fun that once I started it, I couldn’t stop reading. I picked it up because it has a fabulous cover and it got me with the opening pages – a hysterically annotated genealogy of the ridiculously powerful…

The Perfect Book for the Christmas Season

Richard Paul Evans’ classic, The Christmas Box, feels more like a book written a hundred years ago rather than one written in 1993. A charming tale simply told about the power of love and the importance of family, it is the kind of old fashioned story that you could imagine…

Another Compelling Novel by the Author of Station Eleven

When a Publisher asks you to review a book, in this case, Last Night in Montreal, and the book is written by Emily St. John Mandel whose latest book, Station Eleven, was nominated for the National Book Award, you have to take the request seriously. And I did. But I…

The Real Story Behind Benedict Cumberbatch’s Imitation Game

I am a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan and am dying to see what he does in The Imitation Game, the film in which he plays the mathematician Alan Turing. I am sure he will bring Turing to wonderful life as he has done in many other roles but a film can only…

A Crazy, Laugh-Out-Loud Funny, Time Travel, Science Fiction Novel You Will Love

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was published the year I started working as an assistant at Simon & Schuster. Everyone was quite excited about it and I believe it hit the bestseller list. It was also one of the first books I took home for free. Imagine making absolutely nothing but…

The Perfect Beach Read for Cold Winter Nights

I am pretty sure that you, like me, have more than one book going at a time and more than one book in line to be your next read. I read so much for work (in addition to the books I want to read) that paradoxically I am always looking…

A Memoir of Faith and Love That Cannot Be Silenced

I have been reading a lot lately about Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater, the story of a journalist imprisoned for 100 days because of an interview he did about the country’s presidential election and it made me think of the haunting and heart-wrenching memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, that Marina Nemat wrote about her years as a…

Falling in Love With a Book I Didn’t Think I’d Like

I have a confession to make and I hope you won’t judge me too harshly: frequently, more often than I should, I actually judge a book by its cover. It is not something I am proud of as it has more than once been the reason I did not choose…

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