Great inventiveness, unfailing intelligence and empathy, and best of all a rare and shimmering wit’ Richard Ford
The must-read literary debut novel for fans of Normal People and Fleabag
‘Riotously funny’ Elle
Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl, our dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father, avoiding her loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.
Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighbourhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickle-covered pizzas for her son’s happiness.
As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other toward middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.
Bold, tender, and unexpected, Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world
About the author
JEAN KYOUNG FRAZIER lives in Los Angeles. Pizza Girl is her debut novel.
- ‘A sublime ode to obsessive outcasts and lovable screw-ups everywhere, Pizza Girl is irresistible and bold, brutal and sweet, with an ending that will thrash your heart’ Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light
- ‘Frazier’s characters are raw and her dialogue startlingly observant … will appeal to fans of Halle Butler and Ottessa Moshfegh’ Pubilsher’s Weekly
- ‘A simultaneously riotous and heartbreaking coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Halle Butler and Elif Batuman’ Harper’s Bazaar
- ‘Tense and tender … A bittersweet bildungsroman about life’s random turns and the struggle to survive in suburban LA’ Kirkus
- ‘Jean Kyoung Frazier, a blazing new voice in fiction, has given us a sly, poignant glimpse into the wilds of suburbia, where intergenerational queer love and alienation from labor go hand in hand’ Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
- ‘To Pizza Girl, Jean Kyoung Frazier brings a flawless ear for language, great inventiveness, unfailing intelligence and empathy, and best of all a rare and shimmering wit. This novel has immense appeal’ Richard Ford
- ‘Sharp and surprising, Pizza Girl shows us how obsession can fill the empty spaces in a young woman’s life. Jean Kyoung Frazier will make you laugh with one sentence and break your heart with the next. A delicious debut’ Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth
- ‘Pizza Girl is luminous, brooding, and, frankly, awe-inspiring. It’s a joy to spend time in Frazier’s world, an experience that only illuminates our own. The novel that teaches you something about yourself is a rare thing, and Frazier has given us a gift’ Bryan Washington
- ‘Pizza Girl is a funny and moving debut, full of wry observation and deep humanity. Jean Kyoung Frazier’s incredibly winning protagonist delivers laughter and grief with all the toppings. A wonderful novel from a new writer with talent and heart’ Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark