(Titled PICK UP LINE – as an eBook)
Published by Shoemaker Hoard (Paperback, Hardcover) 2005 / booksBnimble (ebook) 2013
Format: Paperback / Hardcover / eBook
Number of pages: 298
ISBN: 978-1-59376-096-0 (hardcover), 978-1-59376-141-7 (paperback),
Dimensions: 5.84 x 1.15 x 8.44 inches
Here is the only-in-New Orleans love story between big blonde Luciana and dreads-draped Lennon, who know each other behind the drug counter. Their unlikely attachment to each other grows as family tragedy unfolds for Luciana, and Lennon and their other co-worker Vendetta stand by her side.
New Orleans's idiosyncrasies have been embraced by the world; Patty Friedmann gives us a tender, hilarious portrait of them in her new novel Side Effects. Set in N.O. Drugstore where hardscrabble black Pigeon town meets stuffy white Tulane, Side Effects is peopled with the true New Orleans oddballs who scuffle between the Seasonal Specials and Depends aisles — all in full view of the pharmacy staff. Proudly plump blonde Luciana Jambon, dreadlocked and neatly compulsive Lennon Israel, and up–from–the–'hood Vendetta Greene have their own dramas of romance and friendship.
A wacky and suspenseful story of family conflict and a death under suspicious circumstances, Side Effects serves most as a comical reminder that New Orleans loves nothing more than to laugh at itself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author of a dozen books, Patty Friedmann has a writing history marked by subtle dark humor and a mastery of literary craft. Her Secondhand Smoke won several accolades, and her Too Jewish was a bestselling ebook. Humor book Too Smart to Be Rich was syndicated by the New York Times, and her novels include Eleanor Rushing and The Exact Image of Mother. A collection of her short stories, Where Do They All Come From? appeared before the covid outbreak.
“Instead of treating the romantic possibilities as grounds for lowbrow comedy, Friedmann explores the gritty realities with refreshing candor.” - The Atlantic Constitution
“Friedmann has created a fictional New Orleans that is all her own, populated with quirky, insightful, often angry woman who are all truth-tellers with something to say.” -The Times-Picayune
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