My review of Jessica Anya Blau’s hilarious, touching and heartbreaking novel, Drinking Closer to Home, is now live at The Nervous Breakdown. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. It starts off with a ton of characters, and I kept thinking, oh man, this is going to be too soft, to sweet and nice, I hope it doesn’t turn into (dare I say it) CHICK LIT. Well, it’s far from that. This is a loving portrait of family, with all of its warts and dirty laundry. You know the old cliche, I laughed, I cried? True. The stories are so vivid, so real, that you feel like you are hearing a friend recount her childhood misadventures. And Jessica isn’t afraid to get dirty, cussing up a storm and giving us all of the cum-stained details. But in the end, it’s really the love that shines through, the way that we keep our family close, even when they screw up, and love them in spite of their mistakes. I really loved this book. Head over to TNB for all of the details.
Holly’s book is out, go get it. She is of my favorite new voices. I BARELY got to know her at Murray State University where I’m getting my MFA. She is really talented and writes these wonderful dark stories.
Reminds me of MARY MILLER (and if you haven’t read her, go pick up BIG WORLD at Hobart). http://www.hobartpulp.com/minibooks/index.html
Holly is getting love all over the place – People Magazine, Oprah, and she just got some indie award or nomination. I don’t know, I’ve never had this kind of success, so I don’t know what’s a big deal and what isn’t, but everything she touches seems to turn to gold these days. Her blurbs at Amazon are impressive. She’s a sweetheart, has always been very open and helpful to me, even though she left Murray. But above and beyond all of this, her writing just blows me away.
PS-I found that link to “Good Girl” it was at 52 Stories. So here is GG from the GT collection:
“Good Girl” by Holly Goddard Jones