Where’s the part in which she sits down at a table on which a midlist author’s hopes and dreams are filleted, sauted, and servered with a thick cream sauce to hide the stench of mediocrity?
Esther Newberg, 68, is an executive vice president at International Creative Management, now celebrating – or, as she prefers to describe her longevity and clout, now soldiering through – her 32nd year as a New York literary agent. Her clients include Patricia Cornwell, Carl Hiaasen, Caroline Kennedy and Thomas L. Friedman. She and Tate George, her 17-year-old Scottish fold cat, juggle households on the Upper East Side and in Sag Harbor.
Sounds tough. You read about these things and you wonder how some people “soldier” through.