Coming November 2017 from MCD/FSG Originals.
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.
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“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 🌴
Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA)
Oct 27 - 28
Catalina Book Launch Celebration!
The Last Bookstore
Nov 10, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
In Conversation with David Ulin
Nov 15, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
UCR Arts & Letters Author Series: In Conversation with Tod Goldberg
UCR Palm Desert
Nov 16, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere Reading Series
Dec 10, 7:00 pm
Meet the Authors
San Clemente Friends of the Library
Feb 24, 12:00 pm
“Like a love child of Joan Didion and Kate Braverman...”
Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting
☀️ Writings ☀️
- Los Angeles Review of Books, Dreaming Jacaranda
- The Rumpus, Catalina
- Literary Hub, In Praise of the Mighty Zine
- Los Angeles Review of Books, Santa Anas
- The Millions, Our Best Work: On Man Ray's Hollywood Album and Me
- The Hairpin, What Jean Rhys Taught Me About Loneliness
- The Nervous Breakdown, Elizabeth
- Minor Literatures, Cocktail Napkin Series
- The Manifest-Station, Childhood Revisited
- Talking Book, Great Things
“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
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