Postcards from the Canyon by Lisa Gitlin


A Jewish lesbian novelist clings to sanity by writing about her childhood, but finds that it only adds chaos to her life.


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

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.

Awards and Honors for Postcards from the Canyon

  • Awarded 2018 Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) Bronze Medal, LGBT+ Fiction
  • Foreword 2017 INDIES Book of the Year in LGBT Fiction, Finalist

LISA GITLIN is a novelist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her debut novel, I Came Out for This? was awarded the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in both the Humor and LGBT Fiction categories. She is currently working on her third novel.

Postcards from the Canyon, by Lisa Gitlin, is an engrossing, poignant journey through one woman’s past and present.”  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, Top 100 Reviewer

If you love Lisa Gitlin then check out Ann McMan, Joan Opyr and Mari SanGiovanni.

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