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Named a Vogue, Esquire, NPR, Marie Claire, and Refinery29 Best Book of the Year. Perfect for fans of Normal People and Fleabag
Great inventiveness, unfailing intelligence and empathy, and best of all a rare and shimmering wit’ Richard Ford
A moving story about an unforgettable young woman trying to find her place in the world…
Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl, our dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all.
Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighbourhood.
As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other toward middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange and ultimately heartbreaking ways.
Bold, tender, and unexpected, Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.
‘A blend of Normal People and Convenience Store Woman … pacy and unexpected’ Cosmopolitan
‘A unique, satisfying read … can be devoured in one setting’ Vice
‘Utterly moving’ Stylist
‘A thought provoking debut … I loved it’ Daily Mail
’Fresh, funny, bittersweet’ New York Times
‘Bristles with biting wit and optimism, each page a feast of Cheeto-fingered heart, humor, and lyricism’ Esquire
‘Funny, fast-moving and essential… You will devour it’ Lara Williams, author of Supper Club
About the author
JEAN KYOUNG FRAZIER lives in Los Angeles. Pizza Girl is her debut novel.
In Frazier's playful and unflinching debut, a pregnant 18-year-old pizza delivery driver dreams of a new life. The unnamed narrator, overwhelmed by anxiety about her pregnancy and her family, wants out of the house she grew up in, where she lives with her mother and her boyfriend, Billy, in suburban L.A. Enter Jenny Hauser, a 39-year-old stay-at-home mother who orders a large with pepperoni and pickles for her fussy son. From the moment Jenny opens her door, the narrator nurses a dream of escaping with her ("I wanted to take her hand and invite her to come with me whenever I ran away"). The narrator comes to befriend Jenny and learns she is unhappy in her marriage; thinking of how her dead father abused her mother, she assumes Jenny is abused as well. At home, the narrator turns cold toward Billy and her mother, and embraces her isolation the way her deceased abusive father once did, by turning to alcohol. Her frequent intoxication colors her view of her relationship with Jenny, whom she manages to kiss once and makes a valiant but dangerous and unnecessary effort to rescue. Frazier's characters are raw and her dialogue startlingly observant ("The environment can suck a dick I'm driving my F-150 to work again," one regular tells her). This infectious evocation of a young woman's slackerdom will appeal to fans of Halle Butler and Ottessa Moshfegh, and will make it difficult not to root for the troubled and spirited pizza girl. (Jun.)