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"Both funny and sad, this novel deserves the wild popularity it is sure to achieve." —Library Journal
PATTY FRIEDMANN is the author of the perennial Amazon e-bestseller Too Jewish; her short stories have appeared in Horn Gallery, Short Story, LaLit, Xavier Review, and elsewhere; and she has had essays in Oxford American, Speakeasy, and New Orleans Review. She was included in The Great American Writers Cookbook and Christmas Stories from Louisiana in 2003, as well as in the collections My New Orleans in 2005, Intersections in 2006, Life in the Wake and New Orleans Noir in 2007, and Something in the Water in 2011. In 2009 Oxford American included Secondhand Smoke with Gone With the Wind, Deliverance, and A Lesson Before Dying as one of the 30 Most Underrated Southern Books.
“A Confederacy of Dunces meets The Corrections in Friedmann’s warm and wacky tale of family dysfunction and redemption, set mostly in New Orleans… Both funny and sad, this novel deserves the wild popularity it is sure to achieve.” —Library Journal
“The chronic discontent and over-the-top dysfunction of a Southern working-class family are at the heart of this dark comedy… Friedmann’s characters occasionally seem like caricatures, and the different narrators create an erratic tone overall, but the outrageous developments and swift pace make this novel hard to resist.” —Publishers Weekly