Playing with Fire

“It has true dedication climbing its burning ladders. Its romantic heat seems to collect at the ceiling.”

-James Wolcott, VANITY FAIR

“Shapiro has literary sensibilities to be reckoned with…she manages to weave insights of love, family and religious tradition into her story with unobtrusive skill.”

-SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE

“A sophisticated erotic loss-of-innocence novel, suitable for reading in one steamy sitting. It should do a bang-up box office business when it becomes a movie, provided it’s produced with one-tenth the subtlety Shapiro brought to the writing of it.”

-KIRKUS REVIEWS

“An intense, steamy tale of one young woman’s coming of age…a tight, well-written novel…a sleek, noteworthy first effort.”

-THE PITTSBURGH PRESS

“A novel that, in illuminating the problems of coming-of-age, generates nearly as much light as heat.”

-People

“Sleek and languorous…balancing glitz with integrity…and the eroticism of wealthy, glamour and forbidden love.”

-Booklist