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About Mindy

Mindy Pollack Fusi is a freelance and creative writer who has written 100 essays and articles for The Boston Globe and a myriad of other publications. She now focuses on coaching rising high school seniors, and transfer/Master/PhD students, on college application essays and supplements. She also  teaches college application essay group intensive 4-day workshops. In addition, she helps writers edit their work and periodically runs creative writing workshops.  Mindy’s first novel will be published in 2019…stay tuned!

The Place for Words Press


The Narcissist’s Daughter: A Meshugenah Love Story

by Mindy Pollack-Fusi
Jody Horowitz grew up in an upscale community outside Boston with her narcissistic mother, her passive father, and her snooty older sister. Breaking any of Mother’s multiple rules meant enduring verbal lashings and comparisons to her “perfect” sister. Jody acquiesces in practice, if not in spirit, starting with Rule # 1: Marry a Well-Off Jewish Man. Have his baby. Which she does.
But Jody, now 33, with a one-year-old daughter, learns that her “well-off-enough Jewish man” has been screwing a shiksa, and Mother suggests that in order to fix her marriage, Jody “wear more lingerie.” Instead, Jody kicks the cheater out, recovers her life with her work, her daughter and their cocker spaniel….and, despite Rule #1, falls for a kind Italian Catholic widow. Their love affair leads her to expedite her divorce, despite the risk of losing not just the only family she has ever known, but future shares of the family’s fortune. Is this worth it, to be with a partner who has a big heart—but a thin wallet?
Making this decision leads to a dramatic personal breakdown that stretches from Boston to California to Maine, which even her best friend Ruthie can’t fix for Jody this time.
Will Jody remain mired in Mother’s manipulation or freed from a lifetime of controlling, narcissistic influences? And how will her young daughter fare from the family mishegas that threatens to consume them?  Can love and intimacy guide Jody’s exodus, or is the grip of the past too powerful to overcome?
With suspense, humor, romance, a compelling plot, and a Yiddish glossary, this novel is, ultimately, a love story about two adults, a mother and young daughter, and a struggling adult daughter and mother. The plot grips the reader from start to finish–whether or not they understand the enormous challenges that the daughter of a narcissistic mother must overcome in order to become her own person. Those who do understand, or have lived with a self-absorbed or narcissistic mother, will see themselves in Jody–and cheer her on all the way to her final decision.



In 2013, The Place for Words Press published Judith Yarbrough’s “Friends Forever in My Heart,” available on amazon.com.
Place for Words Press was founded in 2011 to produce “The Ice Cream Stand and Other Stories & Poems” by 21 writers from The Place for Words, funded in part by a generous grant from the Bedford Cultural Council.


Information about more of Mindy’s articles and essays, as well as samples of student work from past creative writing workshops, and books she has edited for other writers.

If you work for a newspaper or magazine and would like to discuss contracting with Mindy to write a feature, please contact her.