Catch 26: A Novel

By Carol Prisant

What if you could be young and carefree again? To be so beautiful you could have any man you wanted? To live your life all over again – but better?

You can!

There’s just one catch…

Frannie Turner is a plain, middle-aged housewife married to Stanley, a self-absorbed retired dentist who hasn’t slept in her bed in years. No children to love and be loved by. No exciting career to look back on. Just loneliness and lost dreams. So when the mysterious new hairdresser in town offers her the chance to get everything she’s ever wanted, Frannie figures she has nothing to lose -except her soul. And surely, as a stunning twenty-six-year-old singleton in New York, finding true love within the stipulated year should be a piece of cake, not to mention a hell of a lot of fun!

But New York City is no place for the naïve, and Frannie will soon learn just how dangerous a deal with the devil can be…

‘Catch-26 marries confection with thriller to create a tale that’s at once compelling and comic, delightful and deep, classic yet modern, just like its older-but-younger heroine and theme. I read it straight through yet its memory lingers, the signs of a wonderful novel.’

Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Younger

‘In her tantalizing novel, Catch 26, Carol Prisant serves up a thoroughly modern woman’s Faust. This irresistible story comes wrapped around a devilish question: If you could have it all—sex, love, beauty, money and eternal life—would you sign on the dotted line?’

Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 22 Nov 2016
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-00-821766-2
I\'m a widow with one son (an art appraiser in NY) and one perfect granddaughter (a budding equestrienne.) I\'m also a former antiques dealer and, for the last 26 years, I\'ve been the New York editor of the UK mag The World Of Interiors.I\'ve published four non-fiction books: The Antiques Roadshow Primer (a New York Times best-seller) and Antiques Roadshow Collectibles, a companion volume to the above. (Basically, the books are encyclopedias of antiques combined with the occasional anecdote from the US Roadshow.) Good, Better, Best (The connoisseurship of antiques) and Dog House (Written as a chronology of all the dogs of my life but, somehow, an inadvertent memoir. Curiously, a number of young women readers used it for their bookclubs, where it seemed to have an alternate life as a template for how to maintain a 42-year marriage. )