The Book of Dahlia

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"What begins as a darkly funny novel develops quickly into a genuine tragedy, though it's unlike any you've read before."
~ Ten Best Novels of 2008, Entertainment Weekly

"Albert writes with the black humor of Lorrie Moore and a pathos that is uniquely her own, all the more blistering for being slyly invoked."
~ The New Yorker

“A resonant tune that shifts from being fierce and funny to lovely and moving."
~ Time Out New York

"Darkly brilliant."
~ San Francisco Chronicle

"Is Dahlia's wasted life a waste of life? Maybe. But the time we spend with her isn't."
~ Los Angeles Times

"Authentic and important."
~ Library Journal, starred review

“Always compelling.”
~ Booklist

"Irreverent and witty…perfectly executed."
~ Bookpage

"Surprisingly, shockingly moving."
~ Boston Globe

"A major achievement."
~ The Jerusalem Post

"As hilarious as she is honest…without a shred of sentimentality."
~ People Magazine

"Dahlia has appeal and wit [and a] distinctive voice."
~ The Washington Post

"Remarkably affecting."
~ The Forward

"Sweeping and poignant... A book about dying, to be sure; but even more, a book about living."
~ Ha'aretz

"[Both] marvelously witty and emotionally devastating."
~ Richmond Times

"Hilarious and heartbreaking..."
~ Publishers Weekly, Starred review

"Give a brain tumor to a witty, sarcastic young Jewish woman who lives in a house her daddy bought for her in Venice, Calif., and spends her days watching TV, smoking pot, and what do you get? The irreverent debut novel of Elisa Albert."
~ The New York Post

"A powerful meditation on mortality, Albert's richly expressive novel possesses that rare quality of making life feel wholly real."
~ Jewish Book World