This is the darkly comic story-based on a real case and adapted into a cult classic film-of a fame-obsessed weather reporter who conspires to murder her husband for television glory. Local weather reporter Suzanne Maretto wants nothing more than to transcend life at her suburban television news station. Unrelentingly perky and ruthlessly ambitious, she dreams of national stardom. And she believes that in order to realize her destiny, she must get rid of her husband, whose buttoned-up demeanor has grown tiring and whose tragic death would win her the sympathy of millions of television viewers. With the help of three easily manipulated teenagers-one of them her lover-Suzanne sets her murderous plan in motion . . . Told through a series of recollections by twenty-four characters, To Die For, which inspired a movie of the same name starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant, is a razor-sharp satire of a celebrity-obsessed culture, and the story of one woman's all-consuming pursuit of fame. "A seductive page turner." -The New York Times Book Review "A triumph." -The Boston Globe "A powerful novel of murder and sexual obsession. . . . Chilling." -The Star-Ledger Joyce Maynard (b. 1953) is the bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction. She is best known for her memoir At Home in the World and her novel Labor Day, both bestsellers. Maynard launched her writing career as a teenager with the 1972 New York Times Magazine cover story "An 18-Year-Old Looks Back on Life." She went on to contribute hundreds of essays and columns for publications such as Vogue; More; O, The Oprah Magazine; the New York Times; and many essay collections. The mother of three grown children, Maynard now lives in Northern California, where, in addition to continuing her career as a writer and speaker, she performs regularly as a storyteller with the Moth and Porchlight series. She also runs the Lake Atitl n Writing Workshop in a small Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitl n, Guatemala.