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And in that space between wakefulness and sleep, I share my best writing with my favorite reader. Too tired to grab pen and paper, I drift to sleep convincing myself I will remember the words… the words, the plot, the characters all dancing in front of my closed eyes.

The Convention of Wives made it to #1 on Amazon's list of New Jewish Historical Fiction!


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Debra Green


Debra Green has always been drawn to good storytelling, especially historical novels and Broadway musicals. While motherhood, hospital administration, and community volunteering were all rewarding, none fulfilled her creative longings. A graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, when not writing, reading, or traveling, Debra can be found working in her ever-expanding vegetable garden. The Convention of Wives was her first novel. Her second novel, Mahjong at Mara's, will be released in 2024. She lives with her husband, David, in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where they raised their three children, Samantha, Zachary, and Jessica.

The reviews are in for

The Convention of Wives!

“Green is a strong writer, especially when it comes to descriptions of marital tension . . . ”

Kirkus Reviews

"Complicated secret legacies are exposed as two families reel from a betrayal, creating a ripple effect no one could have imagined at the core of this multi-generational saga."

—Eva Lesko Natiello, New York Times bestselling author of

The Memory Box

“In a story that spans centuries and crosses continents, Debra Green weaves a complex tale of family secrets, love, loss, and redemption.”

—Susan Schoenberger, author of 

The Liability of Love

“If you love historical fiction, family sagas, women's friendships - and a juicy secret or two to tie them all together then The Convention of Wives is the book for you!”

—Alina Adams, author of

The Nesting Dolls

“Debra Green’s skillfully braided story of two families, several generations, love, marriage, friendship, and a medical mystery makes for a thoroughly entertaining and oh-so-satisfying read.”

—Deborah K. Shepherd, author of

So Happy Together

"Riveting and fast paced, this novel holds your attention from the first to the very last page. The Convention of Wives is unflinching in its revealing account of generations of women who survive dire political realities as well as threats to their friendships, marriages, and families."

—Robin Rosen Chang, author of 

The Curator's Notes

“Debra Green is a wonderful storyteller, and her sweeping tale of family secrets had me turning pages from beginning to end...Green masterfully moves the narrative back and forth in time and place, weaving together the lives of Dina’s Jewish ancestors and Julia’s Christian heritage to remind the reader that long-hidden family trauma still lives and breathes in each of us. A gripping family saga.”  

—Mally Becker, author of 

The Turncoat’s Widow

"The Convention of Wives is a captivating story about friendship, marriage and survival, but also opens our eyes to the impact of genetic disease and emerging treatments. A delightful and timely read!” 

—Karen A. Grinzaid, MS, CGC, Assistant Professor, Executive Director JScreen at Emory University

“. . . compelling and enjoyable. . ..  Any reader interested in the science of genetic diseases and forensic paternalism will find this book intriguing.”

—Barry Rosenbloom, MD,

Clinical Professor of Medicine,

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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