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Playing with Matches: Author Hannah Orenstein, February 10, 2019

Playing with Matches
Author and Needham native Hannah Orenstein

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family's darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City's elite at the dating service Bliss.

Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, as she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control--and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He's strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off.

Fresh, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, Playing with Matches is the addictive story about dating in today's swipe-heavy society, and a young woman trying to find her own place in the world.

Hannah Orenstein is the dating editor at Elite Daily and author of the novel Playing with Matches (2018). Previously, she was the assistant features editor at Seventeen.com. At 21, she became the youngest matchmaker at a top dating service.

She's also written for The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and Bustle. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, the New York Post, Us Weekly, USA Today, HelloGiggles, PopSugar, and Spire & Co.

The book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Wellesley Books.


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