Synopses & Reviews
A brash, bawdy, and downright ballsy ode to the ups and downs of life and love, On My Knees
opens with Periel Aschenbrand—still reeling from a breakup with her longtime boyfriend—chain-smoking her days away on a plastic-covered couch and watching reruns of Law and Order
while she squats in her dead grandmother's apartment in the East Village.
Armed with her wicked wit and a motley cast of characters that includes her hovering Jewish mother, an eccentric uncle, and her neurotic best friend/wingwoman, Aschenbrand embarks on a Dante-esque journey through the many rings of single-girl hell involving crazy one-night stands; an unhealthy attachment to a dental hygienist; a run-in with Philip Roth; and, in the end, a trip to Israel and an encounter with the man who just might be the one. Hysterical and heartfelt, On My Knees traces Periel's attempt to rebuild her life, her relationships, and her trademark confidence in a story so riotous it would make Chelsea Handler blush.
“Ribald, outrageous, gutter-mouthed, hilarious-a startling new voice in American letters. Watch out Portnoy, watch out Caulfield, watch out Bukowski, watch out E. L. James. Hell, everybody, real or imagined, just watch out! Because here comes Periel Aschenbrand!” < b=""> Jonathan Ames <>
“Unsavorily compelling. . .in the manner of a female Howard Stern.” < b=""> < i=""> New York Times <> <>
“Bold, sassy, and totally fucking cool. If truth in comedy is my mantra, then the goddess I pray to is Periel Aschenbrand.” < b=""> Lesley Arfin, author of < i=""> Dear Diary <> and senior writer for < i=""> Girls <> <>
“Periel Aschenbrand is funny, funny, funny. On My Knees is a cool book-made me laugh, made me think, made me keep turning pages. If you dont buy it and read it and dig, youre making a mistake.” < b=""> James Frey <>
“Meet the Lady Gaga of literature! On My Knees is sexy, funny, titillating, and badass.” < b=""> Touré <>
Laden with sharp humor and funny asides New York Observer
Brave, smart, sexy, and sharp, Aschenbrand is an expert at writing her life as a tantalizing striptease Interview
On My Knees
is Periel Aschenbrands seriously funny follow-up to her debut memoir The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own
At the beginning of On My Knees, we find Periel chain-smoking her days away on a plastic-covered couch, watching reruns of Law & Order while she squats in her deceased grandmothers apartment and adjusts to being alone for the first time in a decade. So begins a Dante-esque journey through the many rings of single-girl hell that includes crazy one-night stands; an unhealthy attachment to a dental hygienist; a run-in with Philip Roth; and, in the end, a trip to Israel and an encounter with a man who just might be the one.
Hysterical and heartfelt, On My Knees traces Periels riotous attempt to rebuild her life, her relationships, and her trademark confidence.
About the Author
Periel Aschenbrandis the author of the critically acclaimed book The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own. Heralded as a "provocateur" by the New York Times and "feisty, foxy, and smart" by Paper magazine, Aschenbrand has become a true modern-day voice for her generation. She lives in New York City.