Friday, 28 October 2016

Spotlight on Women Like Us by Jason Pomerance

Susan Jones, a brash and ballsy chef who hopscotches from one demanding restaurant job to the next, was barely in her twenties when she married and had a son, Henry. But after her marriage to Andrew fell apart, she ceded most of the raising of the baby to her mother-in-law, the very opinionated Edith Vale, a woman as formidable and steely as her stiff blond bouffant, the veritable helmet that helps her soldier through life. Now, after letting Henry drift away, Susan is determined to make things right. But just as mother and son seem to make headway after embarking on a cross-country road trip, things take a dark turn. When the family reconvenes in California, everybody must fight to find courage and humor in the face of a situation that threatens to change them all forever.

Photo by Steven Murashige

Jason Pomerance was born in New York City, grew up in Westchester County, and graduated from Middlebury College. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner and their beagles.

He has written film and television projects for numerous studios and production companies, including Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, FremantleMedia, and Gold Circle Films.

Women Like Us is his first novel.

★★★★★ Modern Day Ya-Ya's on the West Coast!
I just loved this book, and raced through it no time. Pomerance paints a poignant picture of a family that is split and then comes together over the course of the story. You start out thinking it's a story about Susan, the chef, but to me, it's really a story about Edith Vale, her Mother-in -law, a Pasadena doyenne. The prose is beautiful, painting eloquent word pictures that bring the action to life. It really did put in mind of the Ya-Ya books in a very good way. You really feel for the characters, and understand their challenges. I hope to see more stories about Edith and her family in the future.
~reviewed by Lainie H. on Amazon

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