Jacqueline Carey

Alias: Jay Carey

The Crossley Baby


This is a funny, brilliant, generous book by a writer with a perfect ear and a fierce imagination. It reminds you of why you ever started reading fiction in the first place. It was in hopes of finding a book that seizes your attention as this one does.

-Garrison Keillor


Bridget, Jean, and Sunny Crossley grow up in modest circumstances on Long Island, and all end up in the New York City of the 1980s. Free spirit Bridget, the oldest, is a well-traveled, sometime massage therapist in the East Village. Outspoken and ambitious Jean is a corporate headhunter in double-breasted power suits who lives in a gleaming Upper East Side tower. Harvard-educated Sunny, the youngest and sweetest sister, drifts from eligible boyfriend to eligible boyfriend until she falls for Leon, a Harlem real estate developer, and starts a family.

When Bridget dies unexpectedly during what should have been a routine operation, she leaves behind a ten-month-old girl named Jade. The big question becomes: Who should take the baby? The obvious and expert Sunny, or the never-at-home career woman Jean? The answer is more complicated than either sister could have anticipated.

"THE CROSSLEY BABY is the newest addition to a growing and important body of work."

-Jamaica Kincaid

Selected Works

The husband of an avid mystery reader is arrested for accounting fraud in this tale of corporate culture run amok.
Two sisters each want to adopt their niece. But who will be the better mother-- the high-powered executive or the stay-at-home mom?
Abandoned by her mother in the flower power sixties, a sharp-eyed teenager watches another, apparently perfect family break up.
Twelve interlocked stories set among a small circle of friends in New York City begin and end with weddings.

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