ABOUT

SUSAN SAITER SULLIVAN HAS WRITTEN THREE NOVELS, REPORTED FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES IN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO, AND TAUGHT COLLEGE ENGLISH.

Her beats have included public housing, education, the courts, travel, animals, sports, and lifestyles. Exposing Injustice was her greatest mission in becoming a journalist. She's gone undercover with a Latino rights group into a migrant worker camp, and led reporter teams to probe housing discrimination and nursing home abuse.

The power of education is another interest. She saw inequalities before they became common topics. Her first articles for The New York Times revealed undocumented kids' experiences and bias against single parents in schools.

 

On the other hand, humor and even satire often shape her writing in fiction and articles, as in a story about a suburban town with marching lawnmowers.

 

More recently, she's written about Long Island's East End, especially the Hamptons. She began by covering horse shows, commuting back and forth to teach at a New York City community college.

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans, from New York Times Travel Section
Reporting: above, in Paris, below in Southampton.

fiction 


“Cheerleaders Can’t Afford To Be Nice is a funny, compassionate, and often painful account of the ways eccentricity and failure conspire to shape Crosby and threaten to shipwreck her conventional life.”

                           The Washington Post


“A rollicking first novel about what shrinks call a dysfunctional family...Crosby is a heroine who immediately captures our sympathy; she’s a survivor and though she’s tempted by more selfish goals, she’s overtaken by a need to do the right thing.”                                               New Woman


The story is about Ben and Crosby’s

childhood in the Midwest. The father is an itinerant salesman and the mother is a cross between Auntie Mame and Jayne Mansfield…The story is thick –almost clotted—with great images and descriptions when Crosby flashes back to her childhood.”

                             San Diego Tribune

where to buy

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

Sisters:

the good, the bad

and the rivalry

Indexed in American Historical Fiction, by Lynda G. Adamson and A.T. Dickenson...

…offers some vivid, compelling insights into life as the scapegoated child of an alcoholic family.

                        Kirkus Reviews

  SISTERS
   tHE gOOD,
    THE BAD,
AND THE RIVALRY
 

Short fiction and essays

Hamptons Heartthrob I    

Hamptons Heartthrob II    

Quarto

 Reader's Digest

Coming...

THE HAMPTONS GAME

Amateurs, beware. These players are pros, whether the game is social climbing, power, politics or seduction.   

How much are your morals worth? My next novel, The Hamptons Game, is satirical and sensual fun.  Beaches, mansions, polo fields, and starlit soirees are the backdrop for the midlife career change of a New York City remedial reading teacher.

articles

Arts and leisure

Southampton Animal Shelter class for people and pups. Our pupils, Pip, learning manners to become a jet-setter (or jet-terrier) and his best buddy, Bundles.   
Photos by: (Above) Alex Cretey Systermans, from The New York Times Travel Section. (Left) Sonny Kleinfield.

Pip was bienvenu everywhere in France. 

That Toddlin' Town

Animal and people partners

Photo: Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star

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A Little More

Learning about polo.

The match was played on the field, but there was action under the VIP tent as well. I covered many polo seasons.

Right photo, interviewing magician Kevin Nicholas. Below, taking a lesson at the Southampton Polo Club. 

Photo: Sonia Moskowitz, Getty Images, at  Bridgehampton Polo.

 

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Princess accompanied me to many a polo match