Wendy Blackburn is the author of Beachglass, a novel about friendship and recovery, set in West Hollywood in the late 1980s.
“A song by Sheryl Crow might be the backing track for Wendy Blackburn's debut novel ‘Beachglass’ a tender, terrifying chronicle of the wages of modern-day sin and the hope of the world to come. Addiction and recovery are broken lands strewn with the explosives of sentimentality and exaggeration, but Blackburn's sure hand avoids both to tell a story that rings with grief and triumph.” Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Stummer
“With richly textured scenes and characters, Wendy Blackburn's debut novel explores the fragile world of addiction, recovery, and loss. She navigates this tough territory effortlessly. Delicately portraying friendship and loss, temptation and redemption, the turmoil of addiction and the hard-won gifts of recovery, Beachglass is highly recommended for every reader--and required reading for all those in recovery. You know how they tell you ‘Don't leave the meeting five minutes before the miracle happens?’ Well, don't leave the bookstore without Beachglass in your hand. It's a miracle on the page. Kudos to Wendy Blackburn; I read this book in two days, and I'll be watching for her next.” Martha O’Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
"Beachglass takes you into the rooms of AA and rehab with the startling, powerful clarity of one who knows this precarious terrain all too well. A new and promising talent, Wendy Blackburn writes with a refreshing sense of honesty, hope, and renewal." - James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries
"A vibrant, engaging, and utterly honest book...this is a novel which seems to be about recovery but is really about so much more: friendship, chosen families, and the transformative power of human love." - Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation