Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit
June 2017, McClelland & Stewart
Set against the shadow of the Vietnam War and the changing social mores of 1970s America, Jessica Raya's hilarious and heartbreaking novel follows the tumultuous coming of age of both a mother and daughter, at a time when womanhood itself was coming of age.
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"The best throughout is Robin Fisher, fourteen years old when her narration begins in 1971. Gifted by her author with a sharp wit, she’s an absorbing tour guide... Bright, pensive and questioning...she’s a snide delight."
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What My Father Gave Me:
August 2010, Annick Press
Editor Melanie Little brings together seven outstanding women to write brilliant, powerful accounts of father-daughter relationships during their teen years.
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The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club
May 2007, Annick Press
Cassie Moore has always played it safe, living life according to her Master Plan. But after she loses her dream job and finds her fiancé in bed with his ex, she she swaps the plan for a plane ticket. Adios broken heart, hola Buenos Aires.
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My first novel, Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, was published in 2010 in four languages. My second, Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit, was released in June 2017. Over the years, my essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in various magazines and literary journals, and the 2010 essay collection What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak. I'm also a copywriter, creative director, and occasional teacher. When I'm not telling my own stories, I have the privilege of helping other people tell theirs. Say hi to firstname.lastname@example.org.