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Reviews for The Shyster’s Daughter

03 Oct

This look back at a family divided by divorce, geography, and grief crackles with tension, but also locates humor in their excesses and drama.  The narrative is flecked with several gathered quotes from family, clients, and others under the heading, “What They Told Me After He Died,” and the quotes are as dark and funny as the story itself…meeting the author’s family is an illuminating and sometimes disturbing journey the reader won’t forget.

– Foreword Magazine (Fall Issue)

The Shyster’s Daughter is a fascinating, quick and wonderful read.  Similar to Jeanette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Paula provides her readers with a very well-written take of her coming-of-age and adulthood occurring in the shadow of all her father’s and family’s immoral acts.

– Literary Hoarders book blog

In The Shyster’s Daughter Priamos has plied the best attributes of his trade to reveal the mysterious and intriguing personality that was her dad.”

– Women’s Memoir

Priamos’s ambitious and successful effort to meld two stories happens in a book called The Shyster’s Daughter, where she performs the big leap over timidity and skepticism to make her own life story a bigger one indeed…a self-described noir detective memoir, something evoking Nathaneal West or Joan Didion.

– O.C. Weekly

In The Shyster’s Daughter Priamos peers into the motivations of her family members with a rare and enticing frankness that distinguishes her work from that of other memoirists.

– ZYZZYVA literary journal


Memorable Comments I’ve Heard So Far On My Book Tour…

22 Jul

“Your memoir has the pull of John Grisham and the meatiness of Hemingway.”

“I seriously haven’t read anything like this.  You pretty much created your own genre!”

“Before you make any assumptions about her (me) you need to first read the book and then read her blog.”

“Your legs (I’m in a miniskirt) they look…airbrushed!”

“I love your story, but I feel so insulted on so many levels, I’m not sure I’ll buy your book.”

“How does it feel to have a father who is a sociopath?”

“Are you sure you’re old enough to be writing memoir?”

“I can relate to your story because I’m a daughter who lost her father way too soon too.”

“I read your book in two nights straight.  I kept trying to figure it all out along with you.  You’ve written something real special here.”


Saturday, July 21st at 3 pm – Reading at Cafe’ Aroma, Idyllwild

13 Jul