Library Journal's "Best Books of 2016"
A Best 35 Over 35 Pick
Blogcritics Best Fiction of the Year

"A very cunning variation on the revenge fable."
 The New York Times

"A novel so startlingly original and so unafraid to approach complicated, bald emotion and anger."
The Brooklyn Rail

"The lusty, livid Joanna is the hottest middle-aged/dead woman in fiction." 
The Star Tribune

"Stephanie Gangi’s novel is fast-paced, wickedly observant, and haunting in the best sense of the word."
Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers
"Gangi is a fascinating writer who understands love, sex, men and women. The Next is a riveting debut by a fiercely talented writer."
Erica Jong, bestselling author of Fear of Flying

"Love and loss, revenge and redemption, this debut novel will stick with you for a long time. Stephanie Gangi is an instant, new favorite."
Emily Giffin, bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love


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Booksellers love
The Next

"Clear your calendar before opening Stephanie Gangi’s The Next, because this whirlwind of a novel will make you forget all about eating and sleeping...A gorgeous book about love in all its forms, familial, canine, romantic, lost and found again."
— Hillary at Gibson's Bookstore (Concord, NH)
"What a smart, thought-provoking, excellent read – I love a book that brings a unique aspect to the storytelling – and what’s better than a revenge ghost story...but it’s so much more!"
— Julie at Warwick's (La Jolla, CA)
"This story can make you laugh and cry and I did both. I loved it especially for the power of her language and the intensity with which Gangi writes."
— Susan at Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM)

Readers love
The Next

"Wow! The Next is a real page-turner, sensual, inviting, funny and scary all at once. What a feat of magnificent writing that Ms. Gangi pulls off." -- Sarah, Amazon

"The Next is brilliant because it is at once gripping and pulpy like all great ghost stories, but also unusually adroit and well-written for this genre. Give it to all the women/New Yorkers/dog-lovers/breast cancer survivors you know!" -- Coco, Goodreads

"I have never read a book like this one. It was impossible to put down. The writing was so rich I had to make myself slow down and enjoy every bite. Very lyrical and rhythmic and impressive."
-- Susan, Goodreads

About Stephanie

Stephanie Gangi lives and works in New York City. She was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, and raised her own kids in Tribeca, Rockland County and on the Upper West Side.

Gangi’s first publishing credit, many years ago, was a children’s book, Lumpy: A Baseball Fable, co-written with pitching great (and New York Met) Tug McGraw. She ghostwrote a tell-all about Liberace in 1984 but left the only copy in a taxicab. She has written jacket copy, pitch letters, business plans, speeches, mortgage checks, absence excuse notes, letters to editors, hundreds of poems, dozens of story starts, dating profiles, countless email, texts, sexts and random tweets. She once chalked a love note on the wall of a Paris alley in the rain.

Her poem, “Four,” was a 2014 award winner and appears in the anthology for The Hippocrates Society of Poetry and Medicine. The poem “Talking to My Dead Mother About Dogs” appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of the New Ohio Review.

The Next is her debut. She is working on her second novel.