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Drinking Closer to Home

A Novel


 On Sale: 11/01/2011
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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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.”

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They say you can never really go home again. Adult siblings Anna, Portia, and Emery are about to discover just how true that is.


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Critical Praise for Drinking Closer to Home

“At the end of the day, the Stein family is dysfunctional, foul-mouthed, appalling, loving and ridiculously endearing, thanks to Blau’s hilarious rendition of their group dynamic. Soundtrack? Hotel California. Woody Allen directs.”
— Baltimore Sun

ISBN: 9780061984020; ISBN10: 0061984027; Imprint: Harper Perennial ; On Sale: 11/01/2011; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 368; $16.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC000000

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