Elizabeth the First Wife

Elizabeth the First Wife

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Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she'd been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family. Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she can't resist, and Elizabeth's life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She's off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer to make sure FX doesn't humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

As she did so skillfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, which spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.

Lian Dolan is also the co-author of The Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses. As part of the Satellite Sisters, Lian and her four sisters found national acclaim first on NPR, then on ABC Radio and XM Satellite Radio. She also creates the popular podcast and blog Chaos Chronicles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 275 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 20mm | 318g
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1938849051
  • 9781938849053
  • 1,820,783

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Praise for Elizabeth the First Wife
"A charmingly funny and effortless read....wonderfully developed cast of characters" -Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)
"A Shakespeare-influenced delight." -Flavorpill
"Whipsmart...Elizabeth the First Wife...tackles reinvention, love, and finding yourself---all with a delicious soupcon of Shakespeare." - Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Brings humor and warmth to a contemporary story about a woman coping with family, career, and romance." -Tampa Bay Times
"A joyous and delightful tale." -Shelf Awareness
"Lian Dolan has created the perfect blend of vulnerability, complication, and wit in this outstanding second novel. With timeless storylines that play out on the stage and in the real world, this is a purely enchanting read." -Robin Kall, host, Reading with Robin
"It is a work of fiction, but boy is it detailed about what goes on in Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival." -The Jefferson Exchange
"Reading Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian Dolan is kind of like sitting down for coffee with that really smart, witty friend who always has a madcap story (or three) to share." -Hamlet Hub
Praise for Helen of Pasadena
"A compelling narrative and a memorable cast." - Publishers Weekly
"A send-up of a 40something mom who finds herself suddenly widowed, broke, and forced to reinvent herself...opinionated, energetic, and sassy." - Mandalit del Barco, NPR
"A knockout debut...it mixes up the classics and class structure in a deliciously witty romp."
- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Every reader will see something of herself in Dolan's likeable heroine, Helen of Pasadena. Offering up every woman's worst fear, Dolan pulls the rug out from under Helen, and we get to watch as she recovers and reinvents herself with wit, charm, and smarts." - Sally Bjornsen, author of A Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife
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About Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling novel Helen of Pasadena, and the co-author of The Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses. As part of the Satellite Sisters, Lian and her four sisters found national acclaim first on NPR, then on ABC Radio and XM Satellite Radio. She writes the popular blog Chaos Chronicles. Elizabeth the First Wife is her second novel.
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4 44% (469)
3 29% (311)
2 5% (54)
1 1% (13)
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