Join Larchmont author Jessica Saunders Eichel as she discusses her debut novel, Love, Me, in conversation with Daisy Alpert Florin, the author of the critically acclaimed novel My Last Innocent Year. Together, we’ll explore what inspired Jessica’s work and what drove her to become a novelist, as well as discuss the Jewish themes that arise in both women’s novels. 
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Honoree Portrait

Jessica Saunder Eichel

Jessica Saunders Eichel is a lawyer whose dream of writing fiction gave way, for many years, to writing legal briefs. A graduate of Cornell University and St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a St. Thomas More Scholar, Jessica was inspired by the loss of a dear friend to finally pursue her passion. Love, Me, which was named a top new read by GMA, TheSkimm, Shondaland, and others, is her first novel. Jessica lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband and two daughters. 

Honoree Portrait

Daisy Alpert Florin

Daisy Alpert Florin is the author of My Last Innocent Year, which was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, a Washington Post staff pick, and an Indie next pick. Daisy attended Dartmouth College and received graduate degrees from Columbia University and Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She was a recipient of the 2016 Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College and was a 2019–20 fellow in the BookEnds novel revision fellowship. A native New Yorker, she lives in Connecticut with her family.


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