June 16, 2008

Meet Jessica Anya Blau!

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imagename The author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties will read at McNally Robinson Booksellers today, Monday, June 16th.

Here’s some recent praise:

“[Y]ou finish [THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES] wishing it were twice as long. It’s hard to recall a debut as warm, charming and comically satisfying as THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES . . . Blau conveys Jamie’s world with compelling insight and wit . . . It’s a good measure of Blau’s skill that she takes what could easily be a tired stereotype [surfer Flip Jenkins] and instead fashions a comic creation of vivid complexity . . . [Blau’s] sharp observation and affectionate humor [give] surprising depth to this shimmering novel.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Blau has written about what she knows, basing her debut on her own family. It’s a coming of age story for 14-year-old Jamie in 1970s Southern California at the height of its excesses, where she deals with her pot-smoking mom and clay pot-spinning dad. If nothing else, we love this one for its title (yes, her parents threw such parties). — New York Post, naming THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES the #2 Guilty Pleasure Summer Read

“A fantastic beach read about painful adolescence in the 1970s.” — Oklahoma City Oklahoman

“Move over, summer of love. Here comes the summer of naked swim parties . . . [Blau] knows adolescence inside out . . . [S]he skewers what needs skewering and celebrates the rest with humor, style, and an appropriate degree of affection.” — Booklist

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