About the Author
After nearly two decades as a scriptwriter and video producer for Fortune 500 companies, Sande Boritz Berger returned to her first passion: writing fiction and nonfiction full time. She completed an MFA in Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University where she was awarded The Deborah Hecht Memorial prize for fiction. Essays and short stories have appeared in over 20 anthologies including Aunties: "Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother" by Ballantine, and "Ophelia’s Mom" by Crown. Her novel, The Sweetness, was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s yearly Breakthrough Novel Awards. Sande lives in Manhattan with her husband and has two daughters. Read more about Sande.
For twenty-nine-year-old wife and mother Alex Pearl, the post-Nixon 1970s offers suburban pot parties, tie-dyed fashions, and the lure of the open marriage her husband imagines for the two of them. Yearning for greater adventure and intimacy yet fearful of losing it all, Alex must determine the truth of love and fidelity—at a pivotal point in an American marriage.
“How impressive Split-Level is: wonderfully rich with details, fluent and fluid, with an inevitable-yet-unexpected ending, inspired throughout is its portrait of a woman whose essential life is an unconscious double-ness/split-ness.”
— Joyce Carol Oates, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde
“Split-Level is a literary novel that navigates intimate struggles with unforgettable style. Sande Boritz Berger sets a 1970s Jersey housewife on a provocative collision course in Split-Level, a sharp portrait of female empowerment …”
— Karen Rigby, book reviewer for Foreword Reviews