Madame Jessica Anya Blau

Maryland, United States

Of Jessica Anya Blau’s newest novel, The Wonder Bread Summer, Nick Hornby said it was, “. . .  picaresque, properly funny, unpredictable, and altogether irrepressible . . . it made me so happy that after I'd read it, in two days flat, I bought everything I could find by the same author.” The Wonder Bread Summer was picked by CNN, NPR, Vanity Fair, and Oprah’s Summer Book Club as a recommended summer book. Her novel, Drinking Closer to Home was featured in Target stores as a “Breakout Book” and made many Best Books of the Year lists for 2011. Jessica’s bestselling first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was picked as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post and New York Magazine.  The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers chose it as one of the Best Books of the Year.  Both The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and The Wonder Bread Summer have been optioned to Hollywood. Jessica’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and have been anthologized as well. 



Twitter Username: @Jessicaanyablau


  • The Wonder Bread Summer , Harper Perennial (May 28, 2013)
  • Drinking Closer to Home , Harper Perennial (January 18, 2011)
  • The Summer of Naked Swim Parties , Harper Perennial (May 27, 2008)

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