Synopses & Reviews
Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she'd been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family. Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she cant resist, and Elizabeth's life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She's off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer to make sure FX doesn't humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
As she did so skillfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, which spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.
Praise for Elizabeth the First Wife
"A charmingly funny and effortless read....wonderfully developed cast of characters" -Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)
"A charming, juicy read." -Flavorpill
Praise for Helen of Pasadena
"A compelling narrative and a memorable cast." - Publishers Weekly
"A send-up of a 40something mom who finds herself suddenly widowed, broke, and forced to reinvent herself...opinionated, energetic, and sassy." - Mandalit del Barco, NPR
"A knockout debut...it mixes up the classics and class structure in a deliciously witty romp."
- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Every reader will see something of herself in Dolan's likeable heroine, Helen of Pasadena. Offering up every woman's worst fear, Dolan pulls the rug out from under Helen, and we get to watch as she recovers and reinvents herself with wit, charm, and smarts." - Sally Bjornsen, author of A Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife
"A charmingly funny and effortless read...wonderfully developed cast of characters" Library Journal (starred review)
"A charming, juicy read." Flavorpill
Satellite Sister Lian Dolan, the best-selling author of Helen of Pasadena, is back with another smart, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.
About the Author
Lian Dolan is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling novel Helen of Pasadena, and the co-author of The Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses. As part of the Satellite Sisters, Lian and her four sisters found national acclaim first on NPR, then on ABC Radio and XM Satellite Radio. She writes the popular blog Chaos Chronicles. Elizabeth the First Wife is her second novel.