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Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.

But Elsa doesn’t want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk.


“Catalina is true California, down to the bones and skin, a novel about the places Liska Jacobs knows in her soul...”

Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here and Highwire Moon

🌴 Events 🌴

Literary Orange
Newport Beach Marriott
Sat, April 6, 2019

2019 Moorpark College Writers Festival
Moorpark, CA
Fri, April 26, 2019

“Like a love child of Joan Didion and Kate Braverman...”

Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting

☀️ Writings ☀️

“Liska Jacobs writes crystal-clear, hypnotically sensual prose, and Catalina is California noir at its darkest and sharpest.”

Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and In the Drink

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About the Author

Liska Jacobs holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Hairpin, among other publications.
Catalina is her first novel.

“Catalina deftly explores the desperate social frontiers where the morals of the privileged class dissolve. You won’t be able to look away.”

J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“…Liska Jacobs writes with teeth; this book’s got bite.”

Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau

💕 Contact 💕

For events or press queries contact:
Chloe Texier-Rose
FSG Books

Dara Hyde
Hill Nadell Literary Agency