Bywater Books is pleased to announce the publication of Lisa Gitlin’s compelling new novel, Postcards from the Canyon.

A novelist clings to sanity by writing about her childhood, but the exercise adds more chaos than clarity to her life.

Faced with the sudden and unexpected death of her mother, disillusioned novelist Joanna Jacobs begins chronicling her willful childhood in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio. But the writing exercise that starts out as a means to reflect and refocus becomes a journal of Joanna’s rebellious existence. Jewish and gay, yet unwilling to expose herself to the accompanying scrutiny and rejection, Joanna spends much of her youth fostering chaos and embracing self-denial, even while celebrating an affirming commitment to the psychiatric ward.

After an inadvertent bomb threat to a conservative talk-show host brings the FBI knocking on her door, Joanna finds herself navigating an unexpected immigrant invasion, a crew of juvenile delinquents in her living room, and a never ending low-pressure system. When the going finally gets too tough to wrangle alone, Joanna turns to her lifelong friends for emotional support—but this comfort is tempered by a confusing cocktail of lingering hurts, unresolved anger, and resurgent disappointment, making it even more difficult for Joanna to put her life to paper.

“Gitlin’s writing is sharp, infused with a dark, irreverent wit.”  Foreword Reviews

“In a word, this is a brilliant book—a gay coming of age and surviving that ordeal told by a gifted writer about whom we will undoubtedly be hearing more. Highly recommended.” —Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame and Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

“I cleared my day and sat down to read, and soon realized that I was having the same emotional sense that I had when I first read her debut, I Came Out for This?—and suddenly every thing in life felt good.” —Amos Lassen Reviews

LISA GITLIN is a freelance writer who calls New York, NY home. Her debut novel, I Came Out For This?, was the first book to simultaneously be awarded IPPY Gold Medals in both the LGBT Fiction and Humor categories.


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