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The Summer of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel (Paperback)

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“This book will make you laugh and cry in public.” —Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper

Jessica Anya Blau's passionate and poignant debut novel of one girl’s coming of age in 1970s southern California, replete with stoners, hippies, surfers, bitchy girlfriends, first love, first heartbreak, and OPI shorts

Jamie Green will remember “the summer of naked swim parties” for the rest of her life. It’s the summer in which she has her first serious boyfriend, Flip, who is three years older and comes with friends for Jamie’s friends; it’s the summer in which Jamie’s older sister is away at Outward Bound, leaving Jamie with her parents (and very often the house) to herself; it’s the summer in which Jamie’s parents throw naked swim parties, leaving Jamie cringing with embarrassment. And it’s the summer in which Jamie will be forced to confront love, loss, family, and heartbreak for the very first time.

About the Author

Jessica Anya Blau was born in Boston and raised in Southern California. Her novels have been featured on The Today Show, CNN and NPR, and in Cosmo, Vanity Fair, Bust, Time Out, Oprah Summer Reads and other national publications. Jessica's short stories and essays have been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. Jessica co-wrote the script for Love on the Run starring Frances Fisher and Steve Howey. She sometimes works as a ghost writer and has taught writing at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Jessica lives in New York. 

Praise For…

“Sadly, not a photo essay, but rather a witty account of the agonies and ecstasies of a girl coming of age in late-seventies California.”
New York magazine

“High and low comedy, nude swimming, and familial frenzy float through [The Summer of Naked Swim Parties] like pot smoke.”
Boston Globe

“Reading this heartfelt and humorous coming-of-age story is the perfect way to spend a hot summer day.”

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

“Jessica Anya Blau’s debut novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, is a delight: a California beach girl’s hilariously painful adolescence in the High 1970s.”
John Barth

“You may think you’ve heard this story before, but no one tells it as wittily, winningly, wisely and well as Jessica Anya Blau.”
Madison Smartt Bell

“It’s hard to recall a debut as warm, charming and comically satisfying . . . . 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

“Recovered Judy Blume addicts, brace yourselves for a relapse: Jessica Anya Blau’s debut novel, set in Santa Barbara, California, during the summer of ’76, is a poignant, gleeful ode to the turbulence of growing up . . . [A] dead-on portrayal of the simple yet shocking revelations of youth.”
Time Out New York

“Funny and charming, moving and sweet—Jessica Anya Blau beautifully captures the awkwardness and the wonder of coming of age. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties is a remarkable debut novel.”
— Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody

“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.”

“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

“Once you dive in to this sweet, sparkling coming of age story, dripping with heart and heartbreak, you won’t want to come up—even for air.”
Hillary Carlip, author of Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

“Among the many truths in this intelligent, funny novel about family, sex, and coming of age in the 1970s is this: no one can embarrass us more than our parents.”
— Geoffrey Becker, author of author of Dangerous Men and Bluestown

“Having grown up in 1970s Southern California, I can personally attest to this novel’s utterly uncanny evocation of the era. It’s also really really fucking funny.”
Jonathan Selwood, author of The Pinball Theory of Apocalypse

“Jessica Anya Blau is a warm and funny storyteller. THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES conjures the thrills and anxieties of a 1970s California adolescence in a world awash in sex.”
— Gabriel Brownstein, author of The Man from Beyond

“Ms. Blau is a writer of wit, intelligence, deep feeling, humor and imagination, and she gets into the head of a young person like almost nobody since J.D. Salinger. All aboard!”
— Stephen Dixon

“Jessica Anya Blau creates a charming protagonist, her charismatic Santa Barbara family and a summer of love, lust and confusion. You won’t want summer - and this wonderful book - to end.”
— Ellen Sussman, author of Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex; Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave; and On a Night Like This

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061452024
ISBN-10: 0061452025
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 27th, 2008
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: P.S.