Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau | Why Girls Are Weird

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau

After their mother has a heart attack, adult siblings Anna, Portia and Emery go home again.  As they wait to see if their mother will be okay, they deal with their current situations as well as talk about their past.  Anna, the oldest, is having another affair, one of many.  Portia is in the middle of a divorce and Emery is trying to figure out how to ask his sisters for their eggs so that he and his partner Alejandro can have a child.  However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  As the three spend their days together they think about their childhood and how they came to be the people they are now.  Anna delves into her addiction issues, Portia tries to sort of being the middle child and being thought of as the dummy in the family and Emery remembers what it was like to realize he was gay.  This very real novel is about a dysfunctional family that loves each other all the same.

I was asked to review this book for TLC Book Tours.  I will admit, after coming off the Hunger Games novels this was a very different book.  The author, Jessica Anya Blau, has created a very real family who definitely has their share of very real problems.  Make no mistake, this is an adult book.  It deals with adult issues like addiction and sex and at times it was a tough read.  However I definitely appreciated that the author didn't sugarcoat things and I came away from this novel having both laughed and cried.  While I wouldn't say that this book is for the faint of heart, it is a really good read with very real characters.  I definitely enjoyed it.

22 wonderful thoughts:


Wow, this sounds like some pretty heavy subject matter. I've never heard of the author before, but the book sounds good!

Scientific Housewife

Thanks for the review, I love reading these :)

The Favour Shoppe

Sounds like a great book!

Cafe Fashionista

Great review, Krysten! I can't say that this is a book that I'll pick up, as it's not the type that I generally read, but it definitely sounds interesting! :)

ilene @ muchloveilly

thanks for this review! you know i'm always in need of a new book. ;)

and i felt the same way when i read jellico road. good story but it was a transition from hunger games!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Thanks for the recommendation! It can be tough to read the more gritty "modern" adult books but I enjoy them once in a while.

Jessie Szmanda

I need to start reading more! You have inspired me to pick up a new book :)

Teenage Bride

Another fabulous review! Sounds like a great read, I love books about siblings haha
Have a great day


It sounds like a heavier version of the movie "everybody's fine". I can't keep up with your book reading I've decided :) My list is getting too long!

Diana Mieczan

Sounds like a good read. Great review, sweetie

Dancing Branflake

I typically go for drama in books so I think I'll like this one. Although addiction is a really tough subject, strong characters pull me in.


I'm not sure if I'd like this book, but it does sound quite interesting! Great review!

la petite coquine

What a wonderful review-this book sounds fascinating!


it sounds really good! i try not to read these types of books though {or see these types of movies} since it's a little too close to my job. but i think a lot of people feel they're all alone in their dysfunctional family experience, so i love when books portray this type of realistic story.


Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is a great book review--I'm always looking for a good book and this sounds like one I might have to try!


Sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Elle Sees

thanks for sharing this. i love finding new books to browse.


This sounds SO good! I'll have to be sure to check it out.
xo Josie

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

Going from The Hunger Games to this book must have been QUITE a shock to the system! I'm glad that you enjoyed the book even though it was so different from your last read.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

(Florida) Girl

I love it when a book makes me laugh, cry and think.


When do you fit all this reading? At night?


Sounds like a great read!