Author Talk: Elizabeth Castellano

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ELIZABETH CASTELLANO grew up in New Suffolk. Save What’s Left is her debut novel.


An outrageously funny debut novel about a woman who moves to a small beach town looking for peace, only to find herself in an all-out war with her neighbors.


“When her marriage goes bust, Kathleen heads for Long Island, where the challenges of owning a beach house—okay, a converted oyster shack—fuel a series of unfortunate, yet absolutely hilarious, events.”

“With its wisecracking protagonist—Kathleen Deane, still reeling from her husband Tom’s declaration that he was unhappy with their Kansas life and marriage—Save What’s Left brings a tongue-in-cheek tone to the beach read genre.”

“Debut novelist Elizabeth Castellano has a fresh, funny new voice.”
Katie Couric Media

“Castellano’s wickedly funny debut unfurls in miserable yet gleeful detail the soul-sucking nightmare of owning a house on the Long Island oceanfront. . . . Clearly, the key requirement for successful beach house ownership is a (possibly illegal) sense of humor. Bring it on!”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In this hilarious farce, we realize that paradise really is anything but when you actually live there.”
Good Housekeeping

“Castellano turns the beach-read genre on its head in her clever debut. . . . Kathleen’s character and worldview are impeccably drawn, thanks to Castellano’s idiosyncratic and assured voice. This witty send-up is a winner.”
Publishers Weekly