I can’t even remember how I happened upon it, to be honest. But, there it was: Getting Over It by Anna Maxted. A book so casually beautiful, so poignantly and realistically and unimaginably and accidentally luxurious – it wooed me and won me over within sentences. Getting Over It is crafted with the precision of a diamond cutter. It flows so the reader thinks it was easy. Easy in that way that a triple axle is easy for the ice skater. Easy in that way that it’s impossible for anyone else. Anna Maxted effortlessly weaves in tragedy and laughter as we (try to) do into our everyday lives. Her mastery is hidden in her relaxed narrative and allows the reader to just sink in and lose oneself … as I did. How very rare she is. After finishing the book within hours of starting it, I immediately sought out and read her entire backlist. I’ve sworn by her graceful prose ever since.
Anna Maxted is unmatched and Getting Over It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys … well, for anyone who enjoys books.
Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl – which has been optioned for series by the producers of Rome, Band of Brothers and Generation Kill – Seeing Me Naked and A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents. Palmer’s fourth novel, More Like Her, will be coming out January 3, 2012 and is about a speech therapist at a private school whose world is rocked when her school’s seemingly perfect new headmistress is killed by her seemingly perfect husband. Palmer lives in Los Angeles and is hard at work on her next novel as well as several film and television projects.