Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307886989, 318pp.
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
JESSICA DORFMAN JONES had dutifully achieved everything she thought she was supposed to: marriage, law degree, high-paying job, nice apartment. But she was miserable and felt like she was living a life that wasn't hers. Desperate to change her status quo and figure out who she really was, Jessica went about making a change by demolishing the life she knew. She threw her good-girl image aside and set out to unleash the very bad girl she had never before tried to be. Embracing the deliciously debauched world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Jessica leaves behind her sweet and well-behaved husband for the ultimate bad-boy guitar player, starts her own band, and parties harder than she had ever thought possible. Eventually, in the midst of her self-created chaos, the wildest thing of all happens. She figures out who she is, who she most definitely is not, and what might, if she's lucky, come next. Klonopin Lunch is Jessica’s provocative, incendiary, and uncensored journey into a life that, at last, makes her truly happy.
"Massively entertaining...the writing--expressive, ribald, honest--keeps this hard-core cautionary tale lively, diverting, and fresh."
"A funny, sexy memoir of a good girl gone momentarily very bad....Jones writes freshly and perceptively about love, lust and sex. She is starkly (and wittily) honest about her own faults while being generous toward the deeply flawed men in her life....a guilty pleasure"
"[A] very raw, human lesson about vulnerability and growth."
"Brave, horrifying, hilarious, and totally entertaining Jessica Dorfman Jones is nothing like the girl I remember from private school."
—Cecily Von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl novels
“Sex, drugs, rock and roll, even love—Klonopin Lunch has it all. Brave, heartbreaking in spots, laugh-out-loud funny in others, Jessica Dorfman Jones's story is a captivating mix of depravity and heart.”
—Jancee Dunn, author of Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask
“Klonopin Lunch is every bit as funny and irreverent as the title suggests. Jessica Dorfman Jones’ story of an Upper East Side preppie law school graduate who leaves it all behind for New York’s downtown rock scene is hysterically funny and surgically accurate. It captures every detail of that sadly bygone subculture in all its lurid, cringe-worthy glory. Tom Petty sang about a good girl who loved her mama, and if you want to see what happens when that girl goes full Winehouse, then this is the only book you’ll ever need.”
—Dan Bukszpan, author of The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal and The Encyclopedia of New Wave