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Drinking Closer to Home
DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME
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  • Paperback
  • Jan.18.2011
  • 9780061984020
  • HarperCollins

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"Jessica Blau’s second novel is not only a wise and pitch-perfect depiction of family dynamics but also happens to be unrelentingly, side-splittingly funny. I dare you to forget this family." (Irina Reyn, author of What Happened to Anna K.) “[H]ilarious and heartbreaking....[A] testament to the impossibility of ever truly ‘leaving home,’ and the great triumph of this book is in Blau’s skillful illumination of how that’s both a blessing and a curse....This novel will stay with you for a very long time.” (Skip Horack, author of The Southern Cross and The Eden Hunter ) “If you took Jonathan Franzen, soaked him in Southern California culture, sprinkled him with biting insight and twisted humor, you would get a book that tasted something like DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME.” (Katie Arnoldi, author of Point Dume ) “Jessica Anya Blau has created an unforgettably unique family...
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"Jessica Blau’s second novel is not only a wise and pitch-perfect depiction of family dynamics but also happens to be unrelentingly, side-splittingly funny. I dare you to forget this family." (Irina Reyn, author of What Happened to Anna K.)

“[H]ilarious and heartbreaking....[A] testament to the impossibility of ever truly ‘leaving home,’ and the great triumph of this book is in Blau’s skillful illumination of how that’s both a blessing and a curse....This novel will stay with you for a very long time.” (Skip Horack, author of The Southern Cross and The Eden Hunter )

“If you took Jonathan Franzen, soaked him in Southern California culture, sprinkled him with biting insight and twisted humor, you would get a book that tasted something like DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME.” (Katie Arnoldi, author of Point Dume )

“Jessica Anya Blau has created an unforgettably unique family . . . and done them a great service by placing them in a compelling story that is alternately funny and sad as hell. I don’t think I’d last twelve days in this family, but I could read about them forever.” (Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth )

“DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME is as raw and heartbreaking as it is tender. Jessica Anya Blau has written an honest, haunting portrayal of a beguiling yet maddening family, who together come of age amidst the shifting morals of a country on the cusp of tremendous cultural change.” (Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart )

“Jessica Blau’s DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME is heartfelt and hilarious as it explores every nook and cranny of this wonderful (and wild) family. If you want to know why we love our parents and siblings even as they drive us to drink and distraction, you must read this book.” (Ron Tanner, author of Kiss Me, Stranger )

“If you think you’ve read enough novels about mixed up families already, go ahead and read one more. Jessica Anya Blau’s DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME is a phantasmagoric, hilarious carnival ride.” (Madison Smartt Bell )

“As perfectly pitched as it is comically painful, DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME echoes a profound Tolstoyan truth about family. Many novelists have a sense for place, the gifted ones deliver life with such fidelity that the truth hits very close to home indeed.” (Marisol Murano, author of The Lady, The Chef, and The Courtesan )

“[A] tour de force of a second novel . . . deliciously funny, endearingly naughty, resolutely hopeful, and highly enjoyable. Blau is a masterful storyteller.” (Greg Olear, author of Totally Killer and the forthcoming Fathermucker )

“[Blau has] lavished such attention on these people that I found it impossible not to care about them--and equally impossible to forget them.” (Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors )

“Hilariously irreverent . . . . This unconventional joy ride of a novel is also an unexpectedly powerful and multi-layered exploration of unbreakable family bonds.” (Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies )

“Jessica Anya Blau’s emotional turf is kinship, from its betrayals to its bonds—and in DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME she covers this territory with an honesty so raw and funny I wanted to read parts aloud to strangers.” (Dylan Landis, author of Normal People Don't Live Like This )

 “A very funny -- but also deeply humane -- novel . . . Parental love and booze and drugs and all the complications of becoming an adult: This is a smart book -- a book that makes you cringe and laugh out loud.” (Pauls Toutonghi, author of Red Weather )

“The sharpness of Jessica Blau’s voice and wit never ceases to amaze me. From the first page this surprising novel takes a classic tale--adult children going home again--and turns it on its head. An absorbing, heart-wrenching read.” (Katie Crouch, author of Men and Dogs )

“Chekhov knew that laughter and tears are only a breath apart. So does Jessica Anya Blau. The family in her marvelous DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME . . . make[s] beautiful, hilarious music through time and all the spaces in the heart.” (James Magruder, author of Sugarless )

“DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME is a gloriously rich portrait of three adult children who discover that the tensions and hurts they still have between them are inextricably tied to their laughter and their love.” (Susan Henderson, author of Up From the Blue ) 

There is nothing like ten days with one's family to bring forth old obsessions and childhood memories.  When Anna, Portia and Emery’s mother, Louise, suffers a massive heart attack, the three grown children return to California to be with their parents.  Anna, once certain that her free-loving parents were going to die of syphilis, continually thinks about sex with strangers; Portia, managing an unfaithful husband, mourns her carefree, teenage beach-bunny days; and Emery, who once lived in fear that the police would arrest his parents for any one of their transgressions (growing marijuana; peeing in public; the time Louise quit being a housewife and gave Emery’s care over to eight-year-old Portia), now worries that he won’t be able to create his own family, a new, improved version that will trump the impetuousness and chaos that ruled his childhood home.

But this time together will not only pull the siblings back together – it will also bring to the surface sometimes painful, often heartbreaking secrets that will shake the foundations of everything they know about themselves and assume about their family—secrets that may, perhaps, change the way they view their past as well as their future.

 

 

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About Jessica

BIO (WITH DOGS)

Jessica was born in Boston.  Her father was a graduate student and her mother was staying home with Jessica and her older sister, Becca.  They had a dog named Growlie.  Jessica doesn't remember Growlie.  They also had a Chevie that...

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Published Reviews

Jan.18.2011

"Reminiscent of Jeannette Wall’s The Glass Castle, Jessica Anya Blau’s sophomore effort is a raging success. With incredible insight and endless imagination, Blau has created the ϋber-dysfunctional family...

Jan.18.2011

Blau’s second novel, like “Swim Parties,’’ takes place mostly in Santa Barbara, Calif. This time the year is 1993, with excursions by flashbacks to Michigan and New England and to the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s....