Last summer, St. Martin's Press published a novel, "The Second Home," by Madison author Christina Clancy. It was one of our favorites of 2020 and now, we learned the book is being adapted for a series by Sony’s TriStar TV and will star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Coster-Waldau is best known for playing Jaime Lannister in the HBO series "Game of Thrones." He will also co-produce the series.
"The Second Home" is a story about the Gordon family who live on Milwaukee's East Side (so many great local details!), but they spend their summers on The Cape in a cabin that was passed down for generations. The book centers around the couple's three children, two biological daughters and an adopted son, and the story is told from their perspectives over a span of 15-ish years. The storyline deals with weighty issues including rape, teen pregnancy, extortion, deception, estrangement and eventually truth, acceptance, forgiveness.
Coster-Waldau will play a main role as the evil Anthony, a Cape Cod neighbor who cares for no one but himself and both destroys and defines protagonist Ann's life.
(I must disclose Clancy interviewed me for details about the hipster life in 1990s Milwaukee, so it was super fun to read a few deets from my real life, experienced through the character of Poppy.)
Clancy's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine and in various literary journals. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a professor at Beloit College.
Her second novel, "Shoulder Season," is based on a young woman from East Troy who, after losing her parents, gets a job as a "Bunny" at the Lake Geneva Playboy Club Hotel. The book comes out this summer and can be pre-ordered here.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.