Advance Praise for The Shyster’s Daughter

Paula Priamos’s precisely crafted memoir trolls some of the same shadowed family corners and deceptively sunlit, So Cal mean streets as James Ellroy’s My Dark Places, but winds up somewhere very different.  This book is dark, alright – how could it not be? – but rarely grim, and it’s suffused, at unpredictable intervals, with an affection that shines no less brightly for being so clear-eyed.

– Glen Hirshberg, author of Motherless Child, The Janus Tree and Other Stories, The Book of Bunk and American Morons

Paula Priamos has pulled off a minor miracle with The Shyster’s Daughter: out of the chaos of an unusually fraught life, she has fashioned a taut, heartbreaking, darkly funny and wise memoir.  I couldn’t stop reading it.

– Andrew Winer, author of The Marriage Artist and The Color Midnight Made

Paula Priamos’s The Shyster’s Daughter is an important memoir, important because it artfully, sometimes humorously and always movingly tells the story of a daughter, native-born, for whom life has been no crystal staircase.  It’s really our country’s story.

– Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus

In her compelling and oftentimes laugh out loud memoir, The Shyster’s Daughter, Paula Priamos distills the essence of a family – her fragile and turbulent relationships with her mother and sister, uncles and grandmother.  But it’s the story’s heart, the unbreakable bond with her flawed and mercurial father, which offers proof that family ties, no matter how they chafe, are not easily undone.

– Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of The Laws of Harmony, The Baker’s Apprentice and Bread Alone

In The Shyster’s Daughter Paula Priamos confronts real-life themes as ancient as her Greek heritage: general pathologies; lying, cheating and death. At the center of the story is a daughter’s love for a hard-to-love father bent on beating fate. Aristotle advises writers seeking tragic raw material to look no further than family. True to her blood, Priamos takes that advice to heart.

– Stephen Cooper, author of Full of Life, A Biography of John Fante

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  1. Naoko

    April 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Way to go Paula! I am very excited and proud of you!

    • Paula

      April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, Naoko. Ha! Don’t worry, you’re already in the acknowledgments!

  2. Kari Mena

    July 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Paula! I am so proud of you! How very impressive. Glad I found you so I can read all about ya. Will some of your memoir be familiar to me? Will I recognize a name? A place?
    Congrats on your success, and I will find this book and have my questions answered.

    • Paula

      July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Hi, Kari,

      Thanks for saying that. You’ll definitely recognize Chino, but I think most
      of what I write about is after Walnut.

      Let’s keep in touch.