Author Lisa Unger makes her West Coast literary premiere at NoHo’s Blastoff Comics for her new novel “CRAZY LOVE YOU,” a psychological thriller that Booklist called "Superb, complex and riveting."
“Well, it's actually "Romance" that we're focusing on this month on our website! I'd say that "Crazy Love You," while frightening in its dark and obsessive characters, is, at its heart, a pitch-black romance.” – Jud Meyers, owner of Blastoff Comics
In addition to a reading from the novel, guests can look forward to a conversation between Lisa and crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz!
WHAT: An evening with Lisa Unger, author of “CRAZY LOVE YOU”
WHEN: Saturday, February 21 at 7:30PM
WHERE: Blastoff Comics. 5118 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601
Love hurts. Sometimes it even kills… Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”… and from his family’s deadly secrets.
Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss… Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…
“Riveting … This is a complex, intricate story, yet the pages fly by as Ian, the most unreliable narrator since Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, leads us on a wild ride in this superb psychological thriller. Unger is at the top of her game here.” —Booklist (starred review)
Lisa Unger’s writing is unique, inventive, and often experimental, her writing is impossible to categorize. She combines her extensive knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear to create novels that have earned her a reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners of the psychological thriller around today. Throughout her 12-year career, she has walked the fine line between literary novels and commercial thrillers all the while hitting The New York Times bestseller lists and earning both critical acclaim and millions of fans worldwide.
Lisa's books have named top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper's Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, Indie Next and Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) More than 1.9 million copies have been sold in 26 languages.
We asked our pal Jud Meyers, owner of NoHo’s Blastoff Comics, about the event and some things that are coming up.
Lisa actually suggested to Simon and Schuster that our store would be a great fit for a west coast premiere event. Gregg Hurwitz had sent Lisa to me over a year ago when she was still researching the book. Because the main protagonist is a graphic novelist, she was anxious to make sure the dialogue and syntax were as authentic as possible. It's something I'd never consulted on before and it was a lot of fun. I'm glad to say that the night won't just be about a reading. Another unique element of the evening is that Lisa will be joined by Gregg! Having two award-winning novelists doing an "Iconoclast" style talk where they interview each other about their writing process and experiences in the Crime/Thriller genre adds a whole other level of excitement.
Absolutely. We're selling more and more prose books at the shop, providing the neighborhood with an underserved product. We've reached a point in both mediums where readers don't really care whether a novel is "graphic" and accompanied by stylized art or if it's just words on a page. A great story is a great story and I think readers will always be interested in hearing the creators themselves discuss how they set about developing it.
Get ready for SATURDAY, MAY 2, North Hollywood! It's not only Free Comic Book Day (always a huge event for our city), but Blastoff will take over The Federal Bar for the 1st Annual BLASTOFF COMIC FEST! Stay tuned...
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