Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe


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$18.99  $17.66
St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Jenny Hollowell's short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Scheherezade, and the anthology New Sudden Fiction, and was named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction and recipient of the Balch Short Story Award. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe is her first novel.


"Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe tells us in quick, witty scenes and sharp psychological details what it's like to be a needy spirit in a beautiful body, yearning for success. This novel is smart, spare, comic and sad. It rings beautifully true." --John Casey, National Book Award-winning author of Spartina

"Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe introduces a strong new voice, poised and sharp, beautifully suited to both the satiric task of dismantling Hollywood, and the empathetic one of rendering a young actress's grinding struggle for stardom." --Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

"Scene by scene, lyric moment by lyric moment, savage phrase by savage phrase, Jenny Hollowell has constructed a brilliant portrait of Birdie, the fundamentalist Virginia girl who runs away from the terrors of the apocalypse only to land in the horrors of Hollywood. There's some Joan Didion here, some Lorrie Moore, some Nathanael West, but really, it's all Jenny Hollowell, a new name to remember." --Christopher Tilghman, author of Mason's Retreat

"Jenny Hollowell's writing is gorgeous and edgy, lyrical and in-your-face. A complex, perceptive novel." --Sheri Reynolds, author of Rapture of Canaan