SUSAN SAITER SULLIVAN HAS WRITTEN TWO NOVELS AND REPORTED FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES IN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO. Her beats have included public housing, education, the courts, and lifestyles. In her investigative stories, Susan went undercover into a migrant worker camp and a nursing home rife with abuses.

One of her first feature stories for The New York Times was about single parents dealing with schools. On the much lighter side, her article on fishermen netting a twenty-two pound lobster brought rescue from-- Aquarium. Her favorite: the suburban lawn mower brigade drill team in the Fourth of July parade. ore recently, she's written about life on Long Island's East End.

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans, from New York Times Travel Section


“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

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

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IN THE NOVEL, sun-drizzled beaches and moon-kissed mansions provide backdrop for the party tents where the rich play their games of politics, status and love.

The novel features scenes of the fiercely elegant sport of polo, fascinated Susan since she began writing about the matches and gussied-up fans for newspapers. 

Left: Susan takes a polo lesson.

Below: Interviewing magician to the stars Kevin Nichols. 

Characters in The Hamptons Game are finding new lives in the freedom of late middle age. Protagonist, Laney, was a stay-at-home mom in Tribeca. "Baby" just waved bye-bye to join the Peace Corps, and Laney becomes a reporter in the Hamptons, commuting back and forth to her inner city teaching job. Her middle-class self adapts to the starkly contrasting worlds, but not without treacherous bumps and tests of her ideals and ethics from harassing students and luxury's lure. She gets emotionally involved for better and worse. And she is happily surprised to learn that age sixty is sexy.

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


Photo taken at the Southampton Polo Club. 


Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans, from The New York Times Travel Section
(Below) Pip, with his bestie, Bundles, at  behavior class before the trip.

Pip was welcome everywhere in Paris. 

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Half an hour of exercise most days is payback to my muscles for the hours sitting at the computer. Physical therapists taught me stretches. I asked the doctor, "How often and how long?" 

His answer: "Every day* for the rest of your life." 

* (Translated into real life--three to five days a week makes me feel great.) 



On the scene

My husband, Sonny Kleinfield, and I agree: Bobby Flay has the most delicious parties in the Hamptons.


Princess' amazing 9-11 experience (Click on picture)

Photo: Sonny Kleinfield



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