Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier


In the tradition of audacious and wryly funny novels like The Idiot and Convenience Store Woman comes the wildly original coming-of-age story of a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.

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Our Bookseller says:
“This coming-of-age story about an eighteen-year-old reads like Holden Caulfield has been recast as a pregnant pizza delivery girl, given a dead alcoholic father and an infatuation with a woman her mother’s age, and all-in-all made far more interesting. Where Holden is all existential crisis masquerading as boys-will-be-boys ennui, Jane’s having an existential crisis AND her life is an actual disaster. This character-driven novel lives in the nuances of language, turns of phrase cutting through humor and darkness in one slash. The characters are traditionally unlikable (my favorite kind) and still sympathetic, their humanity on full display. Jane, for example, is both self-absorbed and stuck in the monotony of getting from one day to the next while grieving for her father, hating him, and emulating the worst of his traits. She is who she is even if she doesn’t know who she is, simple redemptive arcs absent. Much like a piping hot pizza, these characters and their choices and their lives are messy – and easily devoured in a single sitting.” – Miranda <3

Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (whom she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.

Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled-covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other toward middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
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