My next novel, Watched, is due out in fall 2016 with Wendy Lamb/Random House Books. A follow-up to my award-winning novel Ask Me No Questions, Watched takes on the atmosphere of surveillance that we all live in now. Set in Queens, NYC, it tells the story of Naeem–a teenage boy who thinks he can charm his way through life. One day his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer him a dark deal.
In February, 2017 I will publish my second co-authored book, with my husband Marc Aronson: Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism. It’s about Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, who were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle–the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa and Taro took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the devastation to news magazines. In so doing, they helped birth to the idea of bearing witness with technology, bringing home tragedies from across the world.
Our prior book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science was a Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist. This book began several years ago, when we were sitting on a stone patio in Jerusalem, and my husband’s cousin told us a fantastic tale of a relative whose personal history was intertwined with the story of beet sugar. I too had sugar in my family background, since my great-grandparents left India in the 19th century to work the sugar plantations of the West Indies. We were amazed that each of us, with ancestors from different parts of the world, was touched by this one substance. It then hit us that so many lives have been changed, transformed, and brutalized by this one ingredient. And so we went on the trail of history to find out more.