The Summer of Naked Swim Parties

“It’s hard to recall a debut as warm, charming and comically satisfying as THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES." (San Francisco Chronicle)


“Recovered Judy Blume addicts, brace yourselves for a relapse: Jessica Anya Blau’s debut novel . . .  is a poignant, gleeful ode to the turbulence of growing up . . . [A] dead-on portrayal of the simple yet shocking revelations of youth.” (Time Out New York)

“This book will make you laugh and cry in public. Jessica Anya Blau has written a soaring teenage lament, perfectly pitched, containing the single saddest and funniest line of seduction ever uttered.” (Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper)

Drinking Closer to Home


“Blau writes funny, often heartbreaking, and always relatable anecdotes ... [Her] lifelike characters are such a joy to get to know that one feels sorry to leave them behind.” (Publishers Weekly)


“Jessica Anya Blau has created an unforgettably unique family . . . and done them a great service by placing them in a compelling story that is alternately funny and sad as hell. I don’t think I’d last twelve days in this family, but I could read about them forever.” (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)

“Jessica Anya Blau’s second novel is not only a wise and pitch-perfect depiction of family dynamics but also happens to be unrelentingly, side-splittingly funny. I dare you to forget this family.” (Irina Reyn, author of What Happened to Anna K.)

The Wonder Bread Summer

"In its own playfully serious, or maybe I should say seriously playful way, I don't know another novel that's going to make you feel more like summer than this one." (Alan Cheuse, NPR)

"It’s the hopeless, hilarious yearnings of Allie that make this book so darn entertaining and so relatable." (

"I think this book is laced with something! I swear I could not put it down. Jessica Anya Blau writes so well about a young woman in a dangerous place, and is often hilarious and lewd, and also sincere and moving, like the naughty Southern Californian soul mate of Nick Hornby." -(Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat, and Other Stories)


“A crazy and twisted ending…readers will be gasping by the last page.”

-Library Journal


"Blau has a steady nerve, as well as a wicked imagination . . . It takes you a little while to realize that what you're reading is top-notch comic writing because you're getting all the stuff you normally get in literary fiction as well: rites of passage, the complications of fractured families, the works."

-Nick Hornby

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