Thursday, June 21, 2012

Paperback Release Party

Portland, OR-based author Jen Violi is celebrating the paperback release of her debut novel Putting Makeup on Dead People with an upcoming event!

Wednesday, August 1st

A Children's Place Bookstore
4807 NE Fremont
Portland, OR 97213

Jen promises there will be treats, along with a reading and a signing. If you haven't had a chance to read this book yet, now is the perfect time. Putting Makeup on Dead People is a really sweet, quirky coming of age story.

You can read more about the event and RSVP on Facebook.

Meanwhile, here's what Putting Makeup on Dead People is all about:
In the spring of her senior year, Donna Parisi finds new life in an unexpected place: a coffin.

Since her father’s death four years ago, Donna has gone through the motions of living: her friendships are empty, she’s clueless about what to do after high school graduation, and her grief keeps her isolated, cut off even from the one parent she has left. That is until she’s standing in front of the dead body of a classmate at Brighton Brothers’ Funeral Home. At that moment, Donna realizes what might just give her life purpose is comforting others in death. That maybe who she really wants to be is a mortician.

This discovery sets in motion a life Donna never imagined was possible. She befriends a charismatic new student, Liz, notices a boy, Charlie, and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too, and finds herself trying things she hadn’t dreamed of trying before. By taking risks, Donna comes into her own, diving into her mortuary studies with a passion and skill she didn’t know she had in her. And she finally understands that moving forward doesn’t mean forgetting someone you love.

Jen Violi’s heartfelt and funny debut novel is a story of transformation—how one girl learns to grieve and say goodbye, turn loss into a gift, and let herself be loving, applying lipstick to corpses, and finding life in the wake of death.

For the comments: Have you read Putting Makeup on Dead People? Tell us your thoughts below!

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