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Hawthorne Books Releases Karen Karbo’s The Diamond Lane with an Introduction by Jane Smiley (Pub date: 10/1/14)

For immediate release 14 Apr 2014

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The next title in Hawthorne Books’ Rediscovery Series is Karen Karbo’s The Diamond Lane with an introduction by Jane Smiley. This is a comic novel about two sisters, their boyfriends, engagements, and trying to break into Hollywood as filmmakers. The New York Times Book Review said, “This kind of novel is a devil to pull off… and Ms. Karbo has done her job brilliantly.” The New York Times wrote, “A wonderfully comic novel about savvy Hollywood outsiders trying to get in… not only is the plot ingenious, but the writing remains deft all the way through.”  And Publishers Weekly weighed in: “A flawless, page-turning story…With its laugh-aloud moments and a cast of brilliantly drawn characters, this is a tale to treasure.”

Karen Karbo’s first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me were also named New York Times Notable Books. Karbo’s 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series: Julia Child Rules, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe, How to Hepburn, and The Gospel According to Coco Chanel. Currently Karen coauthored, with Gabrielle Reece, the recent New York Times bestseller, My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper.  Karen grew up in Los Angeles, California, and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass.


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