Victoria Patterson on Radiance by Louis B. Jones

Author Victoria Patterson (This Vacant Paradise) reviewed Radiance by Louis B. Jones for Three Guys One Book. Excerpt: “Mark Perdue is the kind of perfectly flawed and contemplative character that I love, quietly tortured over everyday events—like being put on hold on the phone: “And with a clotting sound in the earpiece, the intelligible universe everywhere was smothered and he was plunged into an insulted solitude. Worse than solitude, he was plunged, all unprepared, into the paucity of his life.” For the full review, visit: http://threeguysonebook.com/radiance-by-louis-b-jones  ...

LA Times Book Review of Victoria Patterson’s THIS VACANT PARADISE

LA Times Book Critic Susan Salter Reynolds discusses THIS VACANT PARADISE: Excerpt: One wants to like Esther, who has the potential to rise above it all, but she fails us: “No matter how much plastic surgery,” she thinks, looking at female competitors in a bar, “they would never be as physically attractive as she was at this very moment.” This is not the stuff revelations are made of. A reader wants the entire little planet on which these little people live — the mall and the strip of Southern California real estate, to perish in a great conflagration, James Bond style. But no. To Patterson’s credit, she goes down with the ship. These people are beyond salvation. Esther has a mini-epiphany: “For the first time, she was paying attention to people on the sidelines of wealth.” It’s not enough for us to root for her. No, these people will continue feeding the image forge and cranking out empty, desperate hollow men and women until the end of time. The good news is that novels enter the bloodstream with greater permanence than television shows. And this one has a great big sign over the entryway: Do Not End Up Like This.” For the full Lasik New York review, visit:...

Galleycat is coming to Los Angeles

From LA Times Jacket copy: “Publishing industry chronicler Galleycat is coming to L.A. On Wednesday April 27, they’re having the Book Club Party in Los Angeles. The event, which promises readings, minglings and cocktails, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.” Victoria Patterson (This Vacant Paradise) will be amongst the authors that have been selected to be part of the book club that night. For more info, visit:...

Victoria Patterson recommends…

From P&W: Writers recommend “Always tucked in a pocket of my purse is a Moleskine journal. I try to write every day, no matter what, and I’ve pulled that Moleskine out while waiting for my kids—doctor’s appointments, soccer practices, piano lessons. In my Moleskine, I allow myself the freedom to write anything. No matter the inanity—it has my full permission to go down uncensored. I doodle. I make lists. I describe the waiting rooms, piano lessons, parents in the stands. And if I lose my Moleskine, my name and phone number are displayed, with a reward offered of one billion dollars.” —Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise (Counterpoint, 2011)  ...