By Lian Dolan

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PREVIEW HELEN OF PASADENA: Helen of Pasadena—Chapter One


You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship
By The Satellite Sisters
October 2015
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-58-9
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May 2013
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Helen Fairchild is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo-playing son destined for the most select high school; volunteering on the most fashionable committees. It only bothers her a tiny bit that she has never quite fit in with the proper crowd, never finished that graduate degree in Classics, and never had that second baby. But the rigid rules of society in Pasadena appeal to Helen, the daughter of Oregon fiber artists, even if she’ll never be on the inside.

And then along comes a Rose Parade float, killing her philandering husband and leaving Helen broke, out of her “forever” house and in desperate need of a fresh start.

Enter Patrick O’Neill, excavator of Troy and wearer of nubby sweaters. A job as his research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs. Ancient mysteries to solve! Charity events to plan! School admissions officers to charm! If only Helen wasn’t so distracted by her incredibly attractive boss, she might be able to pull off this new life.

Helen’s world widens to include a Hollywood star, a gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Neutron Mom, an unforgiving school headmistress and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O’Neill. While uncovering secrets about ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist boss, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love.

With its keen social observations, laugh-out-loud scenes and whip-smart dialogue, Helen of Pasadena is a romantic comedy that delivers humor, insight and wisdom—and is, above all, a very fun read.

Praise for Helen of Pasadena

“A compelling narrative… memorable cast… likeable characters”
— Read the full review from Publishers Weekly

Helen of Pasadena cleverly taps into the real world of many women… Helen herself is a warmly endearing character… entertaining and thought-full.”
— Read the rest of Anissa Rivera’s review, as well as a profile of author Lian Dolan, in Rose Magazine here.

“I loved Helen… if you want to understand the players in this surprisingly nuanced big little city even better in the way that only great storytelling can do, you will love it, too.”
— Read the rest of Larry Wilson’s review in the Pasadena Star-News here.

About the Author

Lian Dolan is a writer, producer and podcaster. Lian’s written for print, TV, web, and radio. Her first two novels were published by Prospect Park Books. 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. Elizabeth the First Wife also hit the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List. Her latest novel is The Sweeney Sisters.

When not writing, Lian is talking. She created Satellite Sisters, an award-winning talkshow she hosts with her real sisters. Originally a nationally-syndicated radio show, Satellite Sisters is now a top-rated podcast for women. The Satellite Sisters have collectively written You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, published by Prospect Park Books and Satellite Sisters UnCommon Senses, published by Riverhead. Lian’s TV appearances have included The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Lian is a popular speaker for groups, charitable organizations and corporations, always using humor as hook. Learn more about Lian at

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