Is a new life possible? Shira is a permanent temp with a few short stories published in minor literary magazines and a PhD on Dante's Vita Nuova that she abandoned halfway. Her life has some happy certainties, though: she lives with her friend Ahmad and her daughter, Andi, on the Upper West Side. They're an unconventional family, but a real one, with Friday night dinner rituals, private jokes and the shared joys and strains of any other family. A deft, funny and big-hearted novel about second chances, Good On Paper is a grand story of family, friendship and possibility.