Kaethe Cherney is a native New Yorker with a background in film development, theatre and contemporary art. She holds an MA in Script Writing from Goldsmiths University. Her short film and two one-act plays have been produced in London, where she lives with her husband and two children. ‘Happy as Larry’ is her first novel.
New York. 1970s. A collapsing family in a collapsing city. The Bronx is burning uptown while the beautiful people party downtown. After her father dies and her older siblings join the Sullivanian cult, Saskia becomes her mom’s mom. The grit and glamour of after-hours Manhattan is portrayed through the lens of a bereaved teen, capturing the hormones and hedonism which come with navigating the complexities of the adult world. Harrowing yet hopeful, this is a story about losing love and finding it again.
Selected Book Reviews
“A heart-breaking novel about an unusual childhood.” – Alexander Stille, author of The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune
“How a psychosexual ‘cult’ tried to tear apart [her] family.” – New York Post
“You won’t be able to put it down!” – Giancarlo Esposito
“A compelling read set in 1970’s New York that paints a vivid, at times heartbreaking picture of a family in turmoil.” – Cosey Fanni Tutti, author of ‘Art, Sex and Music’ and ‘Re-Sisters: The Lives and Recordings of Delia Derbyshire, Margery Kempe and Cosey Fanni Tutti’.
Selected Play Reviews
From West End Wilma, April 19th 2016
…Bones is one of the best plays of the evening with intriguing characters and touching on a sensitive subject….
Everything Theatre, April 20th 2016
…The relationship in Bones was touching, complex and strongly defined. An understated gem of the night…
The American Londoner, May 14th 2016
…But the underplayed gem of the night was certainly Bones, a beautifully written and performed chance encounter…
BAFTA, London, Sehsüchte Film Festival, Berlin, A Long Week of Short Films, Shanghai and the Phoenix Film Festival, Melbourne
‘W.A.S.H’ (Page to Stage Festival, the Lyric Hammersmith, 2015)
‘Bones’ (‘Underexposed’ at The Old Red Lion, 2016)