Jessica Anya Blau
Jessica Anya Blau’s newest novel, The Wonder Bread Summer, was picked by CNN, NPR, Vanity Fair, and Oprah Book Club for their summer reading lists. It received multiple offers from Hollywood movie studios and was optioned. Her novel Drinking Closer to Home was featured in Target stores as a “Breakout Book” and made many Best Books of the Year lists. Blau’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was a national best seller and was picked as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post, and New York magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers chose it as one of the Best Books of the Year, and the film rights have been optioned. Blau cowrote the screenplay for Franny, a film starring Frances Fisher and Steve Howey. For more information visit Jessicaanyablau.com.
Mating Calls: The Problem with Lexie and No. Seven
Could a little yellow pill be responsible for landing Lexie James in the bed of her lover—and her lover’s wife? Whatever the reason for this charmingly reckless school counselor’s bad behavior, you’ve never been on a bender like this one. In Number Seven, Zandra runs into her seventh love—of 48—in a department store.
Love and Death with the In Crowd
We think of the past as a more innocent time. But in these stories of California teenagers acting out in the last years of the ’70s, it’s easy to see that love, loss, and heartbreak are even more poignant when viewed through 15- or 16-year-old eyes. Surrounded by friends and family who are spinning with their own losses and heartache, these teenage girls navigate the terrors and tenderness of life in the only ways they know how. In this touching and moving pair of coming-of-age stories, best-selling author Jessica Anya Blau makes it clear that once you step over certain lines, there’s no going back.