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The Wonder Bread Summer (P.S.)by Jessica Anya Blau
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Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, delivers another darkly hilarious, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel with Wonder Bread Summer.
In The Wonder Bread Summer, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, 20-year-old Allie Dodgson has adventures that rival those Alice had down the rabbit hole. Or those of Weeds Nancy Botwin.
Allison is working at a dress shop to help pay for college. The dress shop turns out to be a front for drug dealers. And Allison ends up on the run — with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine.
With a hit man after her, Allison wants the help of her parents. But theres a problem: Her mom took off when Allison was eight; her dad moves so often Allison that doesn't even have his phone number….
Set in 1980s California, The Wonder Bread Summer is a wickedly funny and fresh caper that's sure to please fans of Christopher Moore, Carl Hiaasen, and Marcy Dermansky.
“Jessica Anya Blau has taken the story of a young woman's search for self and rendered it into a hilarious, cocaine-fueled thrill-ride. From its Tarantino-esque opening scene to its twisty final pages, Wonder Bread Summer is an unrelenting delight.” Jon Michaud, author of When Tito Loved Clara
“A rollicking, irreverent, sweep of a novel. Blau has written another shining, no-holds barred California heart breaker.” Deborah Reed, author of Carry Yourself Back To Me
“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....[Blau's] sharp observation and affectionate humor [give] surprising depth to this shimmering novel.” San Francisco Chronicle
“This book will make you laugh and cry in public. Jessica Anya Blau has written a soaring teenage lament, perfectly pitched, containing the single saddest and funniest line of seduction ever uttered.” Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper
“A book by Blau would be disappointing without pot smoking, hilarious and sometimes grungy sex, and bickering relatives.” Boston Globe
“Jessica Anya Blau returns with all the comedic powers of a master trickster.” Jessica Keener, author of the nationally-bestselling novel Night Swim
“Often hilarious and lewd, and also sincere and moving, like the naughty Southern Californian soul mate of Nick Hornby.” Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat, and other stories
“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.” Paula Bomer, author of 9 Months
“No one writes like Jessica Anya Blau. Funny, tender, and outrageous.” Michael Downs, author of The Greatest Show
“Jessica Anya blau has the gift of creating people we feel and know as familiar, and then showing us how much we don't know them at all.” Leora Skolkin-Smith, author of Hystera
“This novel is addictive! I was hooked the moment straight-arrow Allie steals a bread bag full of blow....You won't be able to look away.” Mary Kay Zuravelff, author of Man Alive!
“Jessica Anya Blaus The Wonder Bread Summer is a lightning strike of a novel, sexy and dangerous and aglow with adventure. Allie is a tenacious and deliciously complicated heroine, and its impossible to resist the ride she takes you on.” Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
“This is as fast, fun, and outrageous a book as Ive 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.” Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets
“In The Wonder Bread Summer, Jessica Anya Blau sends us tumblin' down a rabbit hole of youthful mistakes and heartache, alongside the unsinkable Allie Dodgson. Coming of age has never been so wickedly thrilling.” Tania James, author of Aerogrammes and Other Stories
“The Wonder Bread Summer is the best ever! It even made me a little jealous and that doesn't happen often.” Madison Smartt Bell
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. You can't find a more thrilling summer read!
About the Author
Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and the critically acclaimed Drinking Closer to Home.
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