“Funny and charmingly ridiculous.”
Your archenemy taunts you with clandestine bacon frying. Your boss feverishly cyberstalks an aging romance novel cover model. Your husband unexpectedly takes in a wayward foreign national. Your best friend reveals a secret relationship with your longstanding workplace crush.
Welcome to the life of Nina Lanning, lone and floundering administrator of a prestigious Midwestern art school. Her colleagues are pioneers of contemporary art movements, inspirational orators, creative virtuosos and the source of constant headaches as they rage against the authority Nina represents. They also happen to be her closest friends.
When once-a-century flooding threatens to destroy the art building, and the priceless Jackson Pollock trapped inside, Nina and her ragtag band of faculty members undertake to rescue the early work of the splatter master. Propelled by disasters both natural and personal, Nina must confront her colleagues, her husband, and most importantly, herself. Cate Dicharry’s debut novel is a painfully hysterical examination of what is truly worth saving, and mastering the art of letting go.
JILL ALEXANDER ESSBAUM, AUTHOR OF HAUSFRAU
SARA LEVINE, AUTHOR OF TREASURE ISLAND!!!
KAILYN MCCORD, QUAINT MAGAZINE
ELIZABETH CRANE, AUTHOR OF WE ONLY KNOW SO MUCH
Launch party at The Local
City Lit Books
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Green Apple Books on the Park
Left Bank Books
Cate Dicharry graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR with a BA in Political Science in 2003. Cate moved to China to teach English at Dalian Nationalities University and discovered a love for creative writing. Cate went on to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from the Low Residency Program at the University of California, Riverside. Cate lives in Iowa City with her husband and two small sons. The Fine Art of Fucking Up is her first novel.
Representation: Hill Nadell Literary Agency
Publicity inquiries: Olivia Smith at Unnamed Press
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