Diane Lefer’s award-winning collection of short stories and novellas, California Transit, is on Amazon now! Her official pub date is April 1 (my wedding anniversary!) and she’ll be about town signing copies in May and June. Diane’s a bit of a rebel. She showed up at my friend’s Superbowl party wearing an orange POW jumpsuit and hood over her head. We dutifully acknowledged her passionate creativity, and went back to our beer and chips. But don’t miss her book. She’s a phenom.
Monday, May 14th at 7:00 PM at Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.
Monday, June 4th at 7:00 PM at Dutton’s Brentwood, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood.Carole Maso called the book “filled with wish and dread, at once desperate, hilarious, bewildering, hope-filled….a rigorous and passionate inquiry of the highest order.”And from Oscar Hijuelos–bless his heart!–”Diane Lefer is one of the most gifted and witty writers around….In other words, grab this book.”
From the jacket:
In California Transit, Lefer uses conversational prose and macabre wit to zero-in on a Mexican woman detained indefinitely by immigration officials, isolating her from her American family; or a zoo employee considering what to do with a euthanized antelope’s head; or, in the title novella, a lonely woman, riding buses all day, who cannot avert the violence building within her. This collection explores the difference between justice and law through a lens unfiltered by moralistic or didactic intention. Like a surveillance camera meant to record crime, not to stop it, Lefer presents a world gone wrong, not because of people’s hatred for one another but because of their impossible, unfulfilled yearning to connect.