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D apathy and selfishness of the privileged class is nothing new in the literary world and yet it s so often fascinating liciting both my schadenfreude and my SYMPATHY CATALINA IS NOT A FEEL Catalina is not a feel bookIt s beautifully written lush and incredibly depressingI didn t like Elsa There were times I almost liked her but in the nd I hated her The book has shades of Valley of the Dolls The characters are so very desperate to not feel anything at all Elsa in particular lives on pills and admiration she barely allows "herself an identity beyond those And it s so very sad that "an identity beyond those And it s so very sad that many men want to sleep with her but also hold her in contempt As you read about the beautiful but desperate people and the ven beautiful world of Catalina you re aware of a build up to something dark and tragic It makes for a very unsettling readA very well written book that left me feeling very sadARC Provided via Net Galley I call room service and order another Bloody Mary which I tell myself is basically a salad After being fired from working as an assistant at the MoMa Elsa returns to California where she meets up with her college friends including her I robot dellalba ex husband Robby who is dating a triathlete and though he seems happy with Jane also seems to pine for Elsa Her ot CATALINA WRITTEN BY LISKA JACOBSElsa Fisher has just been offered a very generous severance package to leave her dream job in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art Why was Elsa fired from the best job she hasver wanted Her boss is a married man for 27 years named Eric who Elsa thinks she loves and she also thinks he loves her Could that be the reason Human Resources is saying the museum is cutting back on jobs Elsa leaves her beloved life and flies home to reunite with a group of her closest friends in Los Angeles There is Charlotte and Jared who got married five years ago going through infertility problems Elsa takes her time reuniting with Charlotte who Elsa considers living the domestic life is boring Elsa makes a choice to spend some of her money staying at the Miramar Hotel where she sleeps around popping her mother s stolen cache of prescription drugs and getting drunk on alcoholThere is Robby Elsa s The Cinema of David Cronenberg ex husband who still carries a torch for Elsa while he is presently involved with adventurous Jane Tom is the owner of the sailboat that is taking the group out to Catalina Island Nobody in the group knows that Elsa was fired They all are under the impression that Elsa has returned five years later for a reunion of sorts with taking a vacation to party in Catalina Elsa has flashbacks of her time spent with Eric Elsa is not able to share any real intimacy with her friends and she gives out fake names with fake phone numbers to the various men she has sex with At first I didn t like Elsa or understand why she is so determined to live such a self destructive and shallow life By thend of the book I felt sorry for Elsa Something bad happens on the trip to the
Island That Will Shake Elsa To Her CoreThis Was The that will shake Elsa to her coreThis was the of book that took it s time to grow on me and at about 80 percent in I appreciated the author s choice to use unlikable character s and how they connected so well with the plot The descriptions of the Ocean and all of the auatic animal life were written with vivid prose I read this spare novel in one sitting and the blurb on the novel hits a homerun when comparing the author s storytelling with Patricia Highsmith A really well accomplished novel that has a satisfying The Best of Philip K. Dick ending and it is also thought provoking and is addictiveThank you to Net Galley Liska Jacobs and Macmillan for providing me with my digital copy inxchange for a fair and honest review A sad tale of a young woman that. Ward husband Jared; and Elsa's Never Let Me Go ex husband Robby receive her with open arms and thinking she's on vacation a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze soaked sailing trip to Catalina IslandBut Elsa doesn't want to celebrate She is lost lonely and full of rage and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her On Catalina her determined unraveling and recklessnessxpose painful memories and dark desires putti. .
See my reviews on WP Fischer Is Taking From is taking refuge from fractured life Manhattan Armed With "Manhattan Armed with friends in Santa Monica Bloody Marys and Mother s pharmacy Elsa is trying to deal with a recent breakup and job loss The affair Final Reckoning (Babylon 5: Saga of Psi Corps, ended abruptly as well as the job as they were part ofach other But Elsa is a category five hurricane of self destruction Only her friends and her The Dreaming Jewels ex husband are unaware of the gale force winds on the sail to Catalina IslandShe is Ingrid a wine rep from Portland or Susanna from San Diego What she wants to be now is not in her life An illusion She will pretend that she is on vacation see old friends and blow off some steamThe plot is about an Elsascape through a slur of pills and alcohol As she journeys with her friends to Catalina the cast and crew are also suffering their issues and dysfunctional ualities But it is captain Tom that is the most psychologically sober and can see through Elsa The trip becomes bittersweet as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea everyone sheds their jacket of protection and indulges in their demons During the narrative we are a witness to flashbacks of Elsa s youth memories of trips of friendships but also to her parent s marriage A mother waiting up long hours for a husband that shows up late in the night and the subseuent arguments and hushed tones A mother medicating herself with alcohol to push away the thoughts of unfaithfulness But what her parents do not know is that they set Elsa up for life without coping skills and a moral compass These memories bring realism to the main character making her relatableven though she is dark The narrative is well written with images that put you at the moment with the main character I let the pills dissolved under my tongue and wait for the covers to creep up around me the promise of hotel sheetsstarchy stiff like beaten Greystone Tavern egg whites Jacobs has a beautiful way with words without getting lost The setting of Santa Monica the Pier Catalina Island and Joshua Tree takes you on vacation The Pier dominated by the Ferris wheel in an atmosphere rich in fried food and cotton candy Gazing into the starry nights that blanket you in the national park And the description of Catalina Island from theroded bluffs The Time Machine electric blue waters to the schools of the orange Garibaldi fishWhen I first chose to reuest this novel I was attracted to the darkness of the story And I walk away with something richer I have a greater love and appreciation for the climate topography the ambiance of California Excellent novel and I highly recommend it toveryone Thank you NetGalley and Farrar Straus and Giroux for the ARC in The Voyeurs exchange for my honest review I don t know what it is about these kinds of books that captivates me so thoroughly but reading about unlikeable self destructive women is such a shamefully guilty pleasure of mineElsa the main character in this one is horrible Her friends are horrible Everyone in this book is horrible and I couldn t look awayAfter getting fired from her job at the MoMA for having an affair with her boss Elsa uses her generous severance package to fund a trip back to her college town in LA where she reunites with her old friends and herx husband for the first time in 5 yearsElsa is unapologetic about her relentlessly self destructive behaviors Addicted to pills and alcohol she uses her good looks and sardonic charm to take advantage of Cordelias Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, everyone in her pathAt the heart of Elsa s downward spiral is her rejection of the life she feelsxpected to have Like the untamed beauty and savagery of the ocean that surrounds her she s capable of taking down The Man-Kzin Wars everyone with herAre there really people who live like this I thought to myself while reading this book Exploring the greed an. A magnetic provocative debut novel chronicling a young woman's downward spiral following thend of an affairElsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom At least that's her plan She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain Her abandoned crew of college friends childhood friend Charlotte and her way. Has hit rock bottom Elsa has recently been let go of her dream job at MoMa because she was having an affair with her very married boss She is absolutely devastated She flies home to California where she reunites with not only her family but her college best friends She spends her days in a complete haze due to self medicating with an array of pills lots of alcohol cocaine and random sex with strangers which will lead her to devastating conseuences It s hard to garner much sympathy for Elsa because she continually makes bad choices and rather than owning them she d prefer to just walk away and not deal with it She really doesn t care about anyone xcept herself She "MAY NOT SOUND LIKE SOMEONE YOU "not sound like someone you want to read about but Liska Jacobs writes so beautifully that you are compelled to continue This one was very good indeed Thank you so much to NetGalley Farrar Straus and Giroux for granting my wish to read this in xchange for my honest review I m between 35 and 4 stars here so I ll round upWhy is it so fascinating to read about people in the midst of crises mostly of their own design Is it like rubbernecking as you pass a gruesome accident on the highway that can t look but can t look away feeling Or is it the reinforcement of how lucky we are that our lives aren t that bad a there but for the grace of God momentWhatever the reason reading about people whose lives are a mess can be fascinating And if you look in the dictionary next to the word mess you might find Elsa the protagonist of Liska Jacobs debut novel Catalina She s just been laid off from her dream job as personal and xecutive assistant to one the curators of New York s Museum of Modern Art after a torrid affair with her of New York s Museum of Modern Art after a torrid affair with her boss and she s trying to figure out her next moveShe heads home to Bakersfield California with de DNF 3%I read a single chapter of this book It was nough Catalina is the story of Elsa Fisher a woman that spirals out of control after her affair with her married boss is discovered She returns home to a place where she never wanted to return to to people she never wanted to see again but she slips asily back into that life Except verything is a tragedy because well life is just so hard Charly She will definitely everything is a tragedy because well life is just so hard Charly She will definitely to go shopping And we will get Frappuccinos with skim milk and try on dresses and talk about whatever argument she and Jared are currently in the middle of God how Mona Lisa Acelerada exhausting to be back I guess I never really understood why she HAD to go back home Sure maybe that sxplained in a later chapter but she s introduced as this martyr that loses her job and just gives up and goes back home Why didn t she try to get a new job Why do I care Oh wait I don t The room service boy lingers saying he thinks redheads are pretty He s young and breakable and it would feel so goddamn good to break something Yeah Elsa Fisher is a pleasant individual Real likable I shower with my drink and take one of Mother s Vicodins Oh goodie I picked up the novelization of a soap opera Hard pass I received this book free from Netgalley in Deaths End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Women seeking salvation through men Pretty boring Five stars is maybe a little generous but this debut took me by complete surprise An almost Greek tragedy set against the scalding and scandalous backdrop of contemporary LA we follow the instantly unlikeable Elsa hitting a downward spiral Sparked by being fired from her swanky New York museum job she s bitter and wistful for the married boss who is the cause of this sudden predicament She s a freshly dyed redhead popping a cocktail of pills and hooking up with bad boys on the be. Ngveryone in the group at riskWith the creeping menace of Patricia Highsmith and the bender chic of Bret Easton Ellis Liska Jacobs brings you inside the mind of an angry reckless young woman hell bent on destruction Stanley Kubrick, Director every page taut with the knowledge that Elsa's path does not lead to a happy place Catalina is a compulsive deliciously darkxploration of beauty love and friendship and the sometimes toxic desires that drive us. .