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Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit

by Jessica Raya

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coming of age, contemporary women, literary
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list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Jun 2017
ISBN:9780771073205
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In the tradition of Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness, Mona Awad's 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and Marjorie Celona's Y, and set against the shadow of the Vietnam War and the changing social mores of 1970s America, a sharply comic novel that follows the tumultuous coming of age of both a mother and daughter, at a time when womanhood itself was coming of age.
We're all just one bad decision away from disaster. For as long as 14-year-old Robin Fisher can remember, she has lived by her insurance salesman father's credo, happy to live the American Dream and catalogue everyday calamities under "Bad Things that Happen to Other People." But life in 1970s Golden, California, doesn't prove so golden after her father deserts the family, setting in motion a series of events that results in Robin accidentally setting fire to an abandoned party house. Seemingly overnight, she discovers that earthquakes or the possibility of electrocution are nothing compared to the hazards of high school or coming home to a family that is suddenly one member short. As Robin struggles to keep an eye on her fixation with Bic lighters and her newly independent mother's own growing pains, she is drawn into the orbit of Carol "Jesus Freak" Closter, a vulnerable yet charismatic classmate whose friendship will challenge Robin in ways she could never have imagined. When Carol finally crosses a dangerous line, it's Robin who must make a heartbreaking decision of her own.
     Hilarious, insightful, and deeply moving, Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit illuminates those unforgettable moments in life when everything changes, whether we want it to or not.

Contributor Notes

JESSICA RAYA's first novel, The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club (2007), was published in four languages under a pseudonym and selected as a Kirkus Reviews' Best Book. Her early short stories appeared in Room and Zygote. She currently lives in San Francisco. The author lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Praise for Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit:

"A delightful, engaging and . . . inventive work of fiction. . . . Insightful and entertaining . . . a surprising pleasure to read." —Winnipeg Free Press

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I really enjoyed this book. The author's style is so engaging and melodic. A juicy read, so easy to sink into the story and be right there inside it. I love when I can read a book and forget that I'm actually reading. And it's not just another high school/coming-of-age type of story. It's unique and fresh, yet also so eerily familiar because the author has been able to expertly capture that total teenage awkwardness I remember so well, and the confusion of having to figuring out your own life while realizing your parents have no idea what they're doing either. The characters are lovable, even though they don't always love themselves. So looking forward to more novels from Jessica Raya!

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