Jessica Anya Blau - The Wonder Bread Summer
It's 1983 in Berkeley, California. Cut loose by her parents, 20-year old Allie Dodgson is trying hard to make it on her own, attending college on a scholarship and working in a dress shop. But when the dress shop turns out to be a front for a dangerous drug dealing business and Allie ends up with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine, her studious life takes a turn for the wild. With a hit man named Vice-Versa in hot pursuit, Allie jumps into her best friend's brand-new Prelude and goes on the lam. In Los Angeles, she finds herself entangled with a duplicitous surfer, a paraplegic porn producer and his Mexican driver, a mean girl from high school, and a legendary rock star. The only people she trusts to pull her out of this jam are the two she can't find: her free-spirited mother, who ran off to be the tambourine girl in a band when Allie was 8; and her father, who moves so often Allie doesn't even have his phone number. Think '80s Alice in Wonderland with a Pineapple Express twist and you get the energy, freshness and wicked black humor of The Wonder Bread Summer ($14.99).
Jessica Anya Blau is a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University (where she received a Masters degree from The Writing Seminars). She is the author of the novels The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home. Jessica's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and have won or been nominated for many awards including The Pushcart Prize. Her essays appear in The Huffington Post, the AOL homepage, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon and Redroom. Several of Jessica's stories and essays have been anthologized in books such as The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading and Writing; Dirty Words: a Literary Encyclopedia of Sex; and The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.
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