StoriesBook - 2009
Welcome to Newport Beach, California--a community often found glittering in the spotlight, but one that isn't always as glamorous as we imagine. Through the lives of waiters and waitresses, divorced and single parents, and alienated teens, Victoria Patterson's Drift offers a rare and rewarding view into the real life of this nearly mythical place, all the while plumbing the depths of female friendship and what it means to be an outsider. Fresh, energetic, deceptively powerful and delightfully frank, hers is a voice you won't be able to stop reading.
Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of short stories set in Newport Beach, California, that focuses on the lives of the city's unglamorous inhabitants, including waitresses, single parents, and alienated teenagers.
Victoria Patterson's beautiful stories break our hearts as they inform us. Through her characters we see the complications and trauma of not fitting in with one's surroundings, in a version of California we are rarely allowed to see. Haunting, affirming, and often comic, her stories make the reader grateful for this writer's documentation of our human alienation-and our unexpected bonds. Patterson is a gifted storyteller, a fresh, essential new voice. - Dana Johnson, author of Break Any Woman Down (Dana Johnson).