Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau
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“Riveting and startling….So raw and funny I wanted to read parts aloud to strangers.” —Dylan Landis, author of Normal People Don't Live Like This

“Jessica Anya Blau…creates characters that have a lot more depth and more of a past than one often sees in fiction these days…. I found it impossible not to care about them—and equally impossible to forget them. Blau is a magnificent writer, and this is one special novel.” —Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors

From Jessica Anya Blau, critically-acclaimed author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, comes a new novel of California, growing up, and learning to love your insane family. Perfect for fans of Jess Walter, Kevin Wilson, and Michael Chabon, Drinking Closer to Home is a poignant and funny exploration of one family’s over-the-top eccentricities—a book Ron Tanner calls “heartfelt and hilarious.”


About Jessica Anya Blau

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Jessica Anya Blau is a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University (where she received a Masters degree from The Writing Seminars). She is the author of the novels The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home. Jessica's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and have won or been nominated for many awards including The Pushcart Prize. Her essays appear in The Huffington Post, the AOL homepage, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon and Redroom. Several of Jessica's stories and essays have been anthologized in books such as The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading and Writing; Dirty Words: a Literary Encyclopedia of Sex; and The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure. Originally from Northern California, she now lives in Baltimore, MD.
Published January 18, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Blau's second novel (after The Summer of Naked Swim Parties) revolves around a family in crisis after a mother's debilitating heart attack.

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New York Journal of Books

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Told through alternating chapters of present day and flashbacks, Jessica Blau does an excellent job of seamlessly merging past and present using ingenius dialogue and provocative characters that are refreshingly original.Drinking Closer to Home will elicit a gamut of emotions from outrage to tend...

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"Reminiscent of Jeannette Wall’s The Glass Castle, Jessica Anya Blau’s sophomore effort is a raging success.

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The Nervous Breakdown

“You think I wanted to have some ungrateful brat I never loved, never wanted, never asked to have and now I have to support and feed and worry about all the time?

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