Ann Pearlman


My memoir Infidelity was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Lionsgate bought the film rights and  the movie was aired on Lifetime. 

Inside the Crips, written with Colton Simpson and with a foreward by Ice T, is still garnering attention and comments. 

Attending a cookie exchange, hosted by my friend Marybeth Bayer, inspired the setting for my first novel, The Christmas Cookie Club. It's been a whirlwind since this book hit the stands.  The novel has been translated into 6 languages and has been published worldwide.  The  mass market paperback came out in 2011 with a new chapter including the recipe winners in the cookie contest held in 2010!. 

Since we love our cookie exchange so much, Marybeth and I wrote a book to help you start your own. That's how The Christmas Cookie Cookbook: All the Rules and Delicious Recipes To Start Your Own Holiday Club came to be. We want to help you develop your own ritual to share with your friends, family, or community. 

In the spring of 2012, a second novel, A Gift for My Sister, following Marnie's two daughters, was published by Emily Bestler Books, Atria Books, Simon and Schuster. In 2014 it won first place for General Fiction. 

The Lottery, 3rd in the series, was launched late fall, 2014 to glowing reviews. Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks about it.

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“The Lottery, Ann Pearlman's third book in her series about the Christmas Cookie Club women, continues her tradition of complex characters and relationships, as well as her subtle - and sometimes not so subtle - social commentary. Two of the more minor characters in the earlier books take center stage here and are beautifully developed by Ms. Pearlman. Her ability to set scenes and engage the reader remain as stellar as always. I found myself crying at several points during the book - always an indication for me of an authors ability to bring both characters and situations to life on the page. I don't know if there will be a fourth in the series but, if so, I'll keep reading.”

“In Ann Pearlman’s book The Lottery, seven women agree to play the lottery weekly in order to help with their individual financial hardships. So what’s really important in life: an abundance of money, friendships, a steadfast love, good health, children or a happy marriage? Marnie, Jeannie, Rosie, Juliet, Taylor, Sissy and Chandra discover a lot about themselves during their lottery playing efforts. The Christmas Cookie Club achieves success by winning the lottery. Their financial windfall affects each of the Cookie Club members differently. I started the book thinking that money was the most important thing in life. As I read about these endearing women I discovered that what’s most important in life is love. Whether the love is between friends, a husband and wife, mother and daughter, brother and sister; it’s a crucial component of life that we need in order to live and thrive. I learned that money drives away poverty, but love makes life worth living. This book, The Lottery, touched me deeply in many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the lottery quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and the renewed spirit of each of the members of the Cookie Club. Highly recommended!”

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