Simon & Schuster, 9781416589303, 336pp.
Publication Date: July 15, 2008
Praise For Towelhead…
"Alicia Erian is one of the finest young writers to come along in a decade -- fierce, smart, funny, and wise. And Towelhead is an extraordinary debut novel. It's sexy, disturbing, joyful and deep, and maybe just a little too real for comfort."
-- Bill Roorbach, author of Big Bend and The Smallest Color
"Alicia Erian's gripping debut novel fearlessly enters love's gray areas and darkest corners. The character's voice casts a slow and subtle spell. Before you know it, you're convinced the bad guys are good guys and the heroes are villains. I couldn't put it down."
-- Cathy Day, author of The Circus in Winter
"Alicia Erian's unflinching depiction of a teen's survival is accurate and artful, and it offers a glimpse of true triumph. This marvelous book further confirms Erian as a writer to admire."
-- Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy
"In Towelhead Alicia Erian accomplishes an extraordinarily difficult thing: She illuminates a timeless, ageless theme, our inevitable human struggle for selfhood and meaningful connection to others. This is a brilliant first novel."
-- Robert Olen Butler