A dyed in the wool New Yorker, MARGO KRASNE has taken many roles simultaneously. Trained as an actress under Sanford Meisner, she later left the theater for the ad world. Margo created the Radio Department at Doyle Dane Bernbach in the 1960’s. She then went to sculpting full time until she reinvented herself in her 50’s, when she became a highly successful communication coach. She has always written and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
See more about Margo at her website: www.margotspeakup.com
Say It With Confidence (1997, revised 2003)
I Was There All Along (2017)
Biggest literary influencers:
Last book read:
Furious Hours; Murder Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
Currently working on:
Dead Daisies Strewn All Over, which is a collection of short stories about friendship.
Words to live by:
You’re here until you’re not. So be here!
“Margo Krasne’s collection of short stories (Appearances) cuts right to the core of love, loss, disappointment and survival. Reading this book will be a cathartic experience for anyone who has had those less-than-perfect-but-oh-so-real family relationships. My own childhood could not have been more different that the Wallachs (an Upper West and later Upper East Side New York Jewish family) — but the emotions are so true and so piercing that I felt every single one. A truly magnificent collection.”
–Jeff Johnson, Amazon.com
“The Wallachs are a Jewish family in Manhattan. Alice’s father is overly sensitive, stubborn, and someone I would gladly not be around (just wait until you hear the reason why he and Alice aren’t that close, it’s unbelievable). Alice’s mother is “perfect,” always dressed neatly, with perfect hair, makeup, and dinner always ready when her husband comes home. Her older brother isn’t easy to get along with either. So Alice rebels against that in some ways but in others, continues to seek their approval.
I love Alice. She can sometimes be a tragic character, but one that I just want to be friends with, too.
That first chunk of the book has the same structure of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Each chapter in that novel was independent of the others but makes up an entire story when put together. Appearances does the same thing in regards to the Wallach family, so if you enjoyed The Twelve Tribes, I think you’d enjoy Appearances.”
–Rebecca, Love at First Book
“We all know that native New Yorkers are the most maddeningly fascinating people on the planet, and yet most of them guard their inner selves and their histories with a ferocious vigilance. So Margo T Krasne’s book is revelatory on multiple levels; we see inside her life, ride along as she excavates her psyche and unfurls her story, offering up both the micro-moments and the macro-events with equal honesty and flair. This book is more than a memoir, it’s a Life Experienced, in all its messy, immediate glory.
Ms. Krasne claims to dislike travel, yet she’s perfectly fine taking readers on a wild and wonderful ride.”
“To read I Was There All Along is to immediately feel as if you are have been plunged into a delicious heart to heart conversation with a close friend. Her wry wit, endearing vulnerability and inspiring resilience immediately sucks you in, making you feel that you are right there beside her, laughing, crying and cheering her on. Margo’s spunky voice leaps off the page and will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word.”
–Kim B., Amazon.com