By Lian Dolan
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Wednesday, April 29th, 11:30 a.m.
Women In Business Luncheon
Huntington Library, San Marino
Speaker and MC Lian Dolan
The New Romantic Comedy by the Bestselling Author of Helen of Pasadena
Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she’d been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family. Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she can’t resist, and Elizabeth’s life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She’s off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for the summer to make sure FX doesn’t humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As she did so skillfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.
“A charmingly funny and effortless read….wonderfully developed cast of characters, especially Elizabeth.”
— Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)
“A Shakespeare-influenced delight.”
“Elizabeth the First Wife…tackles reinvention, love, and finding yourself—all with a delicious soupcon of Shakespeare.”
— Caroline Leavitt, NYT bestselling author of Pictures of You
“I loved it! The writing is smart, sassy, and the perfect blend of pop culture and Shakespeare. I look forward to hand-selling it.”
—Kate Schlademan, Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson, OH
“Brings humor and warmth to a contemporary story about a woman coping with family, career, and romance.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“A joyous and delightful tale.”
“Lian Dolan has created the perfect blend of vulnerability, complication, and wit in this outstanding second novel. With timeless storylines that play out on the stage and in the real world, this is a purely enchanting read.”
—Robin Kall, host, Reading with Robin
Lian Dolan is a writer, producer, talk show host, podcast pioneer and social media consultant. Her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List and was a finalist for Best Fiction 2010 at the Southern California Independent Bookseller Awards.
Lian writes the blog and produces the weekly podcast The Chaos Chronicles, a humorous look at modern motherhood. She writes for Oprah.com as a parenting expert. A decade ago, Lian created Satellite Sisters, a talk show, blog and website, with her four real sisters. From 2000 to 2009, Satellite Sisters won eight Gracie Allen Awards and had a million listeners a week. Lian is also the co-author of Satellite Sisters UnCommon Senses, published by Riverhead. Her writing has appeared in many national magazines, including regular columns in O, The Oprah Magazine and Working Mother and essays in such anthologies as Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul. TV appearances have included The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a popular speaker for groups and corporations, always using humor as hook. Learn more about Lian at liandolan.com.