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ORANGE - Berkley

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
By (author): Abbi Waxman
9780451491879 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jul 09, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.28 x 7.98 x 0.87 in 352 pages Berkley
The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a humorous and heartwarming novel of a confirmed introvert who dares to step outside her comfort zone…

Nina Hill’s life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it’s more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything…

The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius—some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that’s not enough, Nina’s talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd—who’s totally into her—is obviously too good to be true.

Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world—and her heart—is a risk worth taking.

Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA

BOOKSTORE SETTING: Nina works in a bookstore and finds love in a quirky, charming way, appealing to fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

FUN POP CULTURE REFERENCES: The book is about the power and joy of solitude, and the deep rewards of books, art and movies, so it’s scattered with book and movie references, both classic and popular

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY: Waxman explores the connections we have with those who are related to us and those who aren’t, and the ultimate meaning of genetics, fatherhood, and the influence a parent can have even when they’re long gone

FRESH AND LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY: With a distinctive voice sure to have readers in stiches even as she pulls on their heartstrings, Waxman is perfect for fans of Jane Green, Elin Hilderbrand, Lauren Weisberger, and Kristan Higgins

LIBRARY READS AND INDIE NEXT FAVORITE: Other People’s Houses was selected as a Library Reads Pick for April 2018 and The Garden of Small Beginnings was chosen as an Indie Next Pick for May 2017

Abbi Waxman, the author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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Publicity: Regional author tour, West Coast

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Praise for Abbi Waxman

“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted

“Meet your new favorite wry writer.”—The Daily Beast

“Hilarious ruminations about child-rearing, shopping, and other parents give [Other People’s Houses] broad appeal that should extend beyond fans of Waxman’s first novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Once again, Waxman manages to take a far-reaching topic and sprinkle it with spicy dialogue, adorable kids, and characters who feel like best friends.”—Booklist

“A summer beach read with meat.”—The Associated Press

“Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Garden of Small Beginnings is funny, poignant, and startling in its emotional intensity and in its ability to make the reader laugh and cry on the same page…I loved this book!”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out

“Kudos to debut author Waxman for creating an endearing and realistic cast of main and supporting characters (including the children). Her narrative and dialog are drenched with spring showers of witty and irreverent humor, which provides much respite from the underlying grief theme.”—Library Journal (starred review)


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