“Liza Palmer's voice is fresh, exciting, and necessary. She's a must-read author.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six
Charmingly candid, hilarious, and deeply moving, The Nobodies is a novel about failing but never losing the core of yourself, from a beloved writer at the top of her game.
If there's one thing Joan Dixon knows about herself, it's that she is a damn good journalist. But when she is laid off from yet another soon-to-be-shuttered newspaper, and even the soulless, listicle-writing online jobs have dried up, she is left with few options. Closer to 40 than 30, single, living with her parents again, Joan decides she needs to reinvent herself. She goes to work as a junior copywriter at Bloom, a Los Angeles startup where her bosses are all a decade younger and snacks and cans of fizzy water flow freely.
For once, Joan has a steady paycheck and a stable job. She befriends a group of misfit coworkers and even begins a real relationship, after years of false starts. But once a journalist, always a journalist, and as Joan starts to poke beneath Bloom’s bright surface, she realizes that she may have accidentally stumbled onto the scoop of her lifetime. Is it worth risking everything for the sake of the story?
Palmer (The F Word) delivers a feel-good story about second chances in her funny and clever latest. Thirty-six-year-old out-of-work Los Angeles journalist Joan Dixon is at a crossroads after a corruption story she's spent the last six months on failed to impress the influential Tavia Keppel, whose family owns several newspapers. When she scores a job as a junior copywriter at tech startup Bloom, she's thrilled to get a paycheck, but feels hopelessly out of place among so many perky 20-somethings. She strikes up friendships with her manager, the kind and attractive Thornton Yu, and coworkers Elise and Hani, but her instincts tell her that the slick founders of the aggressively hip Bloom are hiding something. What does Bloom actually do? No one really knows, and Joan can't get a straight answer, so she recruits her new friends to help her find out, discovering romance and plenty of surprises about herself along the way. Joan's at times fumbling attempts to move forward with her life amidst crushing self-doubt will resonate, and her tentative romance with Thornton and relationships with friends and family showcase Palmer's talent for finding magic in small moments. This is a real crowd-pleaser.