Helen of Pasadena

Helen of Pasadena

by Lian Dolan
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Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A witty, timely and richly entertaining tale of a modern mother in transition

Helen Fairchild is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo-playing son destined for the most select high school; volunteering her time on the most fashionable committees. It only bothers Helen a tiny bit that she has never quite fit in with the proper Pasadena crowd, never finished that graduate degree in Classics, and never had that second baby. But the rigid rules of society in Pasadena appeal to Helen, the daughter of Oregon fiber artists, even if she'll never be on the inside.

And then along comes a Rose Parade float, killing her philandering husband and leaving Helen broke, out of her “forever" house, and scrambling to salvage her once-rarefied existence. Enter Patrick O'Neill, excavator of Troy and wearer of nubby sweaters. A job as Dr. O'Neill's research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs to reinvent herself. Ancient mysteries to solve! Charity events to plan! School admissions advisors to charm! If Helen wasn’t so distracted by her incredibly attractive boss, she might be able to pull off this new life.

Helen's world widens to include a Hollywood star, a gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Neutron Mom, an unforgiving school headmistress, the best Armenian real estate agent in the biz, and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O'Neill. While uncovering secrets about ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist boss, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love.

With its keen social observations, laugh-out-loud scenes and whip-smart dialogue, Helen of Pasadena delivers humor, insight and wisdom on reinventing yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984410224
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 656,360
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lian Dolan is a writer, broadcaster, and the co-creator and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning, top-rated podcast talk show she produces with her four real sisters. She also created the popular podcast about modern motherhood, The Chaos Chronicles, which was developed by Nick at Nite for TV. She's the author of two best-selling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife , as well as the editor of the Satellite Sisters' book You're the Best: A Celebration of Friendship . A regular columnist for Pasadena Magazine , Lian has written for a variety of media, including television, radio, websites and print. A graduate of Pomona College, she lives in Pasadena, California with her family.

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Helen of Pasadena 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
BookwormwithaView More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book, it's smart women's lit! I even teared up towards the end of the novel when I thought someone was righting a wrong. But I can't tell you where, it would spoil a storyline. This book makes you want to become the person you dreamed you would be before life got in the way. Helen's sudden loss doesn't allow time for sulking, after months of finding her way she rediscovers herself (a strong, confident, independant person, someone people respect and want to be near). The interview at the back of the book suggests that the author is working on two other books set in Pasadena. I wonder how long I have to wait for her second book to be published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun. It starts for Helen at a low point in her life and moves toward her reinventing herself. Lots of humor and romance. Enjoy!
Julia Peterson More than 1 year ago
Great balance of romance and intelligence, I want to know what happens next! A must read book.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This is a little light to just call women's fiction and little too exciting to just be mom-lit, but Helen Fairchild's life and the twists it takes make this an enjoyable read. Helen's husband is killed in a freak accident, involving the Rose Bowl Parade, no less! Helen falls back on her unfinished Classics degree to procure a temporary job with a visiting scholar at the Huntington Library. Dolan gives us what feels like an insider's look at the world of Pasadena, with houses and private schools that provide your identity. I gather there are a couple more Rose books in the future and I look forward to reading them too.
Chezcherie More than 1 year ago
I received a review copy of Helen of Pasadena, and planned to save it for an upcoming long flight. I hate to get stuck with a dud book, so I snuck a peek, just to make sure it was carry- on worthy. The story was so engaging, the characters and chatter so convincing, the setting so familiar that I just breezed right on through the book! If you live in Pasadena, you'll have great fun visualizing all the landmarks in the story, but if you've never been near the Rose Parade, never mind-- the "power mommies" and comic situations Lian Dolan portrays with such wit and grace will be so familiar, you'll feel like you've lived there,too. Such a fun read....but now I need another book for my flight! Write faster, Ms. Dolan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Lian Dolan on the radio and love that she first published this book electornically as it is very fitting of her style. The book did not disappoint. Dolan's fresh style of writing about a strong female character are wonderful. I couldn't put the book down.
Shelly Goergen More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story - fun and fast moving, interesting characters. A great weekend/beach read!!
Venetian More than 1 year ago
I had the rare opportunity to read "Helen of Pasadena" before it was published, and I loved it. I'm an inveterate and unashamed chick-lit reader (and I don't even mind calling it chick-lit), but I like it to be smart and funny and clever even while it's page-turning and light. "Helen" totally fits the bill, with an engaging, likable heroine; and page-turning story; a hilariously critical eye and social commentary on wealthy Pasadena mores; and a hunky love interest. What more could you want? I think this is Lian Dolan's first of many efforts in this genre - she's got an ease of touch and smartness of voice that will take her far. Whether or not you've ever heard of Pasadena, you'll identify!
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I read Helen of Pasadena at any opportunity. Finished it in two days.
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Snore fest. Didn't like anyone in this boring story.
luv2read29 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story of Helen. It is a light hearted book. Well written. Enjoyed all the charecters.
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banker247 More than 1 year ago
This book felt like it took forever to read. It just didn't get me from the beginning and I enjoyed the ending but I feel like I wasted alot of time to get to the end.
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KKS1 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for about $2 on the Nook daily special. That is about what it is worth. The characters are superficial and you can see the plot development from a mile away. Not a great read.
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Very good and interesting!
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Great book about surviving without a spouse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in a long time, I could not put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone.