“A funny, smart and beautifully written homage to movies, New York, love and all the other things that make life tolerable.”
— Gary Shteyngart,
author of
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook
and Absurdistan


Don’t Make A Scene is a frothy, witty delight that stealthily delivers some very healthy ideas about love, real estate, Cuba, and the movies, and surprises you into frequent sharp fits of laughter. Valerie Block is that comic sensibility for whom fans of Mitford, Spark, and Waugh have been waiting.”

— Alice Elliot Dark, author of In the Gloaming and Think of England


“An entertaining winner.” Publishers Weekly


“Tartly clever … Block’s zesty take on love, life and the pursuit of rent-controlled nirvana is an especially smart and cunning romp.” Booklist


Don’t Make a Scene is an amusing, sophisticated novel with two interesting major figures and a nicely developed cast of supporting characters.” — Diane White, The Boston Globe


“Sparkling dialogue, witty conversations, and great characters.” — Amy Lignor, Front Street Reviews


“Those who have read Block’s previous books, WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? and NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS , are already familiar with her impeccable comic timing and well-drawn characters… As a Cuban-American myself, I was particularly enthralled with Vladimir — rarely have I come across a Cuban character created by a non-Cuban author who was so realistic.” — Lourdes Orive,

“Valerie Block delves into the human condition with insight. ” — Mary Anne Smyth,


“Readers will find themselves laughing out loud throughout this book. DON’T MAKE A SCENE is very entertaining and (a) delightful read. ”
— Nancy Eaton,