Susan Bien, Author of "Fall to Grace
If you like the gripping storytelling style of Tom Wolfe, the mystery and intrigue woven into Dan Brown’s novels, and the profoundly personal philosophical inquiries that are integral to Thornton Wilder's stories, you will love "Fall to Grace," Susan Bien's highly-anticipated debut novel.
Bryce Elliott is a morally bankrupt, world-renowned attorney who has one primary goal in life: he wants to make one hundred million dollars by his fortieth birthday. Bryce believes that money alone has the power to emancipate a man from the shackles of a powerless and meaningless life. His life is evolving as planned: he is rich and powerful, living on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and master of the universe that he has carefully and meticulously cultivated. Just when Bryce is about to reach his goal, his life takes a dramatic and very unexpected turn.
The story is relevant in today’s world where the insatiable greed of a few has taken an immense toll on many - politically, economically and spiritually.
The novel addresses the eternal philosophical question -- is there a direction and meaning in one’s life beyond the individual's own will?
Susan Bien's first career was as an international investment banker, during which she traveled the world. In her second career as an author, Ms. Bien has been accepted to the prestigious Squaw Valley Community of Writers Conference and won the Unpublished Novel Award from the San Diego Book Awards.
Fall To Grace, Bien's debut novel, was inspired by an encounter with a former investment-banking colleague who told her he was going to make one hundred million by the time he was forty and he would do whatever he needed to do to get there.
Ms. Bien is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, is married, and has two children.