Deathbed Dimes: A Completely Unbiased Review


My brilliant, beautiful, and talented daughter, wrote a book. But, this is no ordinary book—it’s a perfect hybrid of a John Grisham legal thriller and the satire/chicklit of a Helen Fielding novel.

The book is “Deathbed Dimes” and it is being sold worldwide by every major (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Indigo) and independent (e.g. Book Soup in LA) retailer. I don’t know how to use the fancy Interweb thing—I still put email addresses in the “URL” line in my Google Chrome—so my daughter generously got me a paper copy, which may have been printed on an original Guttenberg press. All of these places sell books from big name writers, so you should have no problem finding my newbie daughter using the search tool and typing in either “NAOMI ELANA ZENER” or “DEATHBED DIMES.”

This book is both drop dead, laugh-out-loud funny, satirical, and brilliant like my daughter, and will leave you with food for thought. Real thought—I’m a Boomer, so it got me thinking about my own Will and who to leave my estate to. I don’t want my kids fighting over my money like the characters do in this book. And, while I don’t have billions at stake like characters at the core of this story do, my few sheckels are nothing to laugh at. I’m so proud of my little girl—all that money and time spent on her training to become a lawyer, and she becomes an author. Help her pay the bills—PLEASE BUY HER BOOK!

Deathbed Dimes: A Completely Unbiased Review

Here’s a picture of the cover—isn’t it beautiful, just like her?

Deathbed Dimes” exposes the reality that if you can outlive your relatives, friends and sometimes even strangers, your odds of hitting the inheritance jackpot are better than playing the lottery. Who doesn’t want to win the lottery? If I did, my kids would definitely fight over their inheritance.

Joely Zeller is a beautiful and ambitious 32-year-old attorney (Dad note: just like my daughter used to be before she got married and pushed two kids out—but I’m her dad, so she’s always going to be beautiful to me and her mother) who is the only daughter of a Hollywood film royal (Dad note: we are not from Hollywood or members of the royal family). She’s determined to build a successful career, find love, and get married, all without her family’s help. To emerge from under her parents’ cloud of notoriety, Joely fled to New York upon graduation from Stanford Law School to practice Estates and Trust law at a blue-chip Wall Street law firm. Enduring 90-hour workweeks for the next eight years, she sacrificed her love life (jilted by her fiancé for his best man) only to have her career efforts foiled by her incredibly incompetent male counterpart.

(Dad note: my daughter never worked in New York and her one and only husband is not gay, so this is not a story about her)

Joely then sees her golden ticket to self-actualization. A serendipitous encounter with a former professor reminds her that with the impending, inevitable demise of aging baby boomers, an unprecedented wealth transfer is beginning to take place. With her experience and her Hollywood connections, she could start her own law firm back in Los Angeles. Alongside her two best friends and former law classmates (Dad note: a very handsome Jewish man named Ethan, who sounds a lot like my son-in-law, except he’s not a lawyer, and a smart-mouth, sassy Japanese woman named Coco, but my daughter doesn’t have any Japanese friends whom I know of) as partners, Joely sets about helping the recently disowned, dispossessed and penniless sharpen their claws as they stake their claims to the fortunes of their dearly departed.

I’m a bit lazy, so I just recopied the synopsis from her book jacket, so that I didn’t complicate the story for any of you, but I can tell you that this story is NOT about her. And, don’t just take my word for it, see what other really big time published and famous authors, who generously read and loved her novel, had to say about it:

“Deathbed Dimes is a funny, acerbic, and raucous read written by someone who clearly knows the world she’s so vividly created.” Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans (winner of the Stephen Leacock Award), Up and Down and No Relation.

“This book is a hilarious, incredibly well-written, shrewd insider’s look at the zeitgeist of greed predominating battles people fight to inherit wealth. Reminding me of Nora Ephron’s quick wit, this contemporary story’s humour, married with intrigue and its relatable characters, had me in their grasp from page one and I couldn’t put it down.” Rebecca Eckler, author of How To Raise A Boyfriend and The Mommy Mob.

“Deathbed Dimes is a hilariously witty novel that proves you can’t keep a strong woman down. I hope there’s a sequel!” Bunmi Laditan, author of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting.

“Deathbed Dimes is a sassy and energetic novel about women making the best out of the worst. With Naomi Zener’s satirical edge, even “rock bottom” is hilarious. Readers are bound to have fun watching Joely as she claws her way back to the top (Go, Joely!).” Angie Abdou, CBC Canada Reads 2011 finalist and author of Anything Boys Can Do, The Canterbury Trail and The Bone Cage.

“I absolutely loved the humor in Deathbed Dimes. The characters jumped off the page – a matter of fact, it was so fun and suspenseful, I wanted to be in the story. Bravo!” Ophira Eisenberg, author of “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy” and host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another.”

“Deathbed Dimes is an edgy and witty debut novel – I can’t wait for the sequel.” Paula Froelich, NYT best-selling author of “Mercury in Retrograde” and Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Travel.

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