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Hi, I'm Jami Attenberg. I write books, and much, much more. My fourth book, The Middlesteins, came out in 2012. You can order it here or here. My fifth book, Saint Mazie, will be published in June 2015.

Also I like dogs and fighting crime.

This is the fifth place to find me on the internet. Please don't tell me I need a sixth.

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My UK publisher, the stellar Serpent’s Tail, is running around London this afternoon handing out cake versions of my book cover to celebrate the paperback launch. Look at all those adorable booksellers! And it’s so cool to learn about all the different bookstores there.

This whole thing is amazing, and also obviously I want some of that cake.

Let’s do this, France.

Let’s do this, France.

Today this book is available in paperback.

Look at that cover, so yellow and distinct. Also it is small. There is room in your backpack or tote bag for it. And it is lightweight, so it is practical for trips. A train trip, for example. A flight, perhaps. A flight to anywhere at all.

Here are some reviews.

Order it online at your favorite indie, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

There is also a special Costco edition of it.

Or buy it directly from your local bookstore. Yea, do that. Go to a bookstore! Bookstores are rad.

I’m a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for Fiction! Alongside my dear friend Lauren Groff, Michael Chabon, Ben Fountain, and Lydia Millet. All of whom are obviously amazing writers.

I’ve never been nominated for anything before.

This is an inelegant response but…I’m pretty fucking psyched.


Catherine Casalino, cover designer of The Middlesteins, poses the real book next to an artist rendering by Jenn Witte. How awesome is everyone involved here??


Book clubs and readings, yoga, sushi,  and one of the most searing headaches I’ve had in my life that lasted straight through two business meetings and one dinner. I was not exactly myself that day, but you don’t always get to be yourself. Sometimes you have to be someone else.

I’m drinking too much coffee. All I do is drive everywhere, and when I arrive at my destination, I talk about myself for a while. Still, I am having fun! The response in the book clubs has been intense, to say the least. Everyone has an opinion about these characters. I like hearing what people have to say. Please keep talking to me. I love that people care even a little bit.

My film agents told me they would send me the first season of “Girls” because I do not have cable anymore and I think they pitied me. So that is something to look forward to when I return home.

And finally: Last night’s reading was the jam!

Last post on the review, I swear, but isn’t the illustration gorgeous? Pierre Mornet is the illustrator. Everyone says it is reminiscent of Botero.

She is beautiful.

Someone at WORD is pretty hilarious.

There’s just a lot to love about this picture. Pajamas. Picture of Fersh in the background. Pajamas. Thoughtful pose. Pajamas. Bookshelf countering multiple technological devices. Pajamas.

P.S. I would like 5000 more pictures like this.

(via Photo by rachelfershleiser • Instagram)