Liza Palmer is a good friend whose third novel, A Field Guide To Burying Your Parents, has just been released. It's getting good buzz and good reviews.
The novel follows the character Grace Hawkes, who reluctantly returns home due to her father's sudden illness. During that visit, Grace navigates what's true and isn't true in her family's dynamics, including re-initiating relationships with siblings and treading lightly with her father's wife.
Liza Palmer's writing is great and speckled with humor. If you've read her previous novels, Conversations With The Fat Girl or Seeing Me Naked, then you'll know what I'm talking about.
If you're in L.A., she'll be doing her official book reading and kickoff at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 7 pm. The following week, on Monday, January 11 at 3:15 pm, she'll be speaking in the Student Union at Cal State L.A. to students about her novels, writing, and being a SoCali author.
More great reading to add to your lists.