Stuff I Write, Stuff I Like

Stuff I Write: The New (Phone) Book’s Here! The New (Phone) Book’s Here!

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

My new book, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, is here!

These days around our house, it’s a lot like that scene in the movie “The Jerk” where Steve Martin runs from room to room yelling “The new phone book’s here, the new phone book’s here!” and keeps pointing to his name.


I love that movie even though Steve Martin was on a flight I worked once and he wore very serious glasses and refused to stow his carry-on bag. It was his playwright phase, so maybe that explains things.

As for my book, here’s the cover copy:

Her 70-year-old, cancer-stricken mother kills snakes with a broom. Her best friend believes in psychics and the Virgin Mary. Her new neighbor steals her CDs and her aunt sneaks cheese curls into the house. After seven years in New York, Lori Jakiela gives up her job as an international flight attendant and her dreams of becoming a writer, and returns home to Pittsburgh to take care of her dying mother. A loving but befuddled daughter, Jakiela stumbles to find her new life while sleeping in her childhood bed and teaching writing to students who hate to read. Unexpected love, expected loss, the struggle to find our own families, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious is the story of mothers and daughters, the debts we pay, and the new lives we build for ourselves when we least expect them.

If you’d like to get a copy, and I really hope you will, it’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, from my swell publisher C&R Press, and (very soon!) bookstores near you.

If you’re in Pittsburgh, copies are available right now from the wonderful Lesley Rains at East End Book Exchange in Bloomfield. Support your local bookseller. It’s good for your heart.

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