A stunning debut from an exceptional new voice- an utterly engrossing tale of one family, three women, a facade of perfection and success - and the secrets and lies which undermine it all
Janelle Brown is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist. Having spent four years as a senior writer at Salon, she currently writes for the New York Times and Vogue, amongst others.
In Brown's withering Silicon Valley satire, a family wakes up on a June day to realize that patriarch Paul's company has hit the big time with a phenomenal IPO. But instead of rejoicing about being newly rich, the family's three women each find themselves in the throes of a major crisis. Paul has fled with his new amour, who happens to be wife Janice's tennis partner. Desperate housewife Janice discovers the soothing power of the pool boy's drug stash and sinks into addiction and denial. Meanwhile, 20-something daughter Margaret learns the price of living a Hollywood lifestyle on an artsy hipster's budget--gargantuan credit card debt. Finally, 14-year-old Lizzie wades deeper and deeper into a sea of adolescent trouble without an adult to confide in. From the ashes of their California dreams, the three must learn to talk to each other instead of past each other, and build a new, slightly more realistic existence--but not without doses of revenge and hilarity. Brown's hip narrative reads like a sharp, contemporary twist on The Corrections. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
On the day her wealthy husband's pharmaceutical company goes public, Janice Miller and her two daughters find their own lives going bust. An incisive and seriously funny debut novel about a Silicon Valley family in crisis. (LJXpress 6/17/08) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.