Bestselling author, Edan Lepucki’s new novel, WOMAN NO. 17 (Hogarth) takes places in Los Angeles, where it could only be set. Lepucki knows how to zero in on what makes southern California unique and is able to capitalize on every nuance in the land of make believe, providing entertainment for readers not found anywhere else.
High, oh so high, up in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels, whose real name is Pearl but that doesn’t concern us, has decided to take a break from her husband, Karl, who will soon come to seem like the most normal person in this novel, full of mostly eccentric characters. But trust me, that is not a bad thing. Lady proceeds to find and hire “S”, whose name is most certainly not S, off Craigslist to care for her two sons from two marriages. Devin is two, soon to be three, Seth is eighteen and may or may not be on the spectrum, but either way he doesn’t talk. Lady needs time for herself, so she can write her memoir and she’s currently suffering from writer’s block. And still, more characters make their entrance adding to the menagerie.
So S arrives and settles into the guest house and slowly life begins to change; not right away, but little but little. S starts drawing everyone into her orbit, and becomes Lady’s confidante. Secrets start coming out of the dark, woodwork, closet and finding their way into the light of day. The glue that Lady used to keep her family together starts weakening. We find out why S really took the job. It’s a classic tale of people behaving very badly. But ooh, it’s so much fun!
EDAN LEPUCKI is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California as well as the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. A contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions, she has also published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
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Thanks to Hogarth Books and TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com we have one copy of WOMAN NO. 17 to giveaway. Just tell us what you love or hate most about Los Angeles. We’ll announce a winner Monday.