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THE WONDER BREAD SUMMER

by Blau, Jessica Anya

A darkly hilarious, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel.

It's 1983 in Berkeley, California. Twenty-year-old Allie Dodgson is a straitlaced college student working part-time at a dress shop to make ends meet. But when the shop turns out to be a front for a dangerous drug-dealing business, Allie finds herself on the lam, speeding toward Los Angeles in her best friend's Prelude with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine riding shotgun and a hit man named Vice Versa on her tail.

On the lam and out of her depth, Allie finds both assistance and trouble from Roger, a paraplegic porn movie producer; Mike, a foxy surfer; Rosie, a sentimental hit-man; and Billy Idol, the rock star. But the only people Allie truly trusts to pull her out of this jam are the two she can’t seem to locate: her mother, who ran off to be the tambourine girl in a band when Allie was 8; and her father, whose phone is suddenly disconnected and whose restaurant is mysteriously closed.

You can't find a more thrilling summer read!

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Comments

I think this book is laced with something! I swear I could not put it down. Jessica Anya Blau writes so well about a young woman in a dangerous place, and is often hilarious and lewd, and also sincere and moving, like the naughty Southern Californian soul mate of Nick Nornby."

Quote: Matthew Klam, author

Blau has crafted a totally unique coming of age story, wrapped in a road trip, with a drug caper center. It's a wild, exuberant novel, full of humor, heart and a solid dose of bad behavior. I loved it.

Quote: Paula Bomer, author

A rollicking, irreverent, sweep of a novel. Blau has written another shining, no-holds barred California heart breaker.

Quote: Deborah Reed, author

This is as fast, fun, and outrageous a book as I’ve read in a long time. But beneath all the antics is a poignant story about racial identity, fathers and daughters, and coming of age in one totally messed-up decade.

Quote: Matthew Norman, author

A perfect combination of bitter and sweet, wicked and tender, heart-wrenching and hilarious, The Wonder Bread Summer is brilliantly crafted. Allie Dodgson’s dead grandmother is an absolute gem and Blau is a novelist worthy of Hollywood’s immediate attention.

Quote: Tish Cohen, author

a lightning strike of a novel, sexy and dangerous and aglow with adventure. Allie is a tenacious and deliciously complicated heroine, and it's impossible to resist the ride she takes you on.

Quote: Laura van den Berg, author

Why can't I ever find novels like this?

http://www.believermag.com/issues/201306/?read=column_hornby

Quote: Nick Hornby, author

She has taken the story of a young woman's search for self and rendered it into a hilarious, cocain-efueled thrill-ride. From its Tarantino-esque opening scene to its twisty final pages, this is a delight to read.

Quote: Jon Michaud, author

Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, delivers another darkly hilarious, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel.

http://www.dcspotlight.com/books/books-to-know/books-to-know-top-10-list-september-2013/

Review: BOOKS TO KNOW – Top 10 List – September 2013

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