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Santa Barbara Author Scores with Novel, ‘Pretty Much Screwed’

“Hilarious and spot-on” memoirist Jenna McCarthy has ventured into the world of fiction with her upcoming novel, Pretty Much Screwed (Berkley Trade Original; July 7, 2015; 9780425280683; $16).

Named one of Mashable’sTop 17 Funny Twitter Moms,” Jenna turns her comedic talents to a novel about picking yourself up out of the gutter when life kicks you to the curb.

For Charlotte Crawford, the worst part about being dumped after twenty years of marriage is that her husband, Jack, doesn't want another woman; he just doesn't want her.

Forty-two and clueless, Charlotte is a fish out of water in a dating pool teeming with losers. Just when she thinks she's finally put her failed marriage behind her, it comes back to bite her in the ass ... hard.

Without warning, Charlotte finds herself staring down the barrel of a future she wouldn't wish on her worst enemy.

Engaging, fearless and relentlessly funny, Pretty Much Screwed is a story of love, loss, friendship, forgiveness, turtle doves, taxidermy and one hilariously ill-placed tick.

Jenna McCarthy's novel was called “Blunt, truthful, and dead-on hilarious.” New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

Jenna McCarthy is an internationally published writer, former raido personality and recovering leopard-print addict. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, two daughters and lots of dog and cat hair. Visit her at jennamccarthy.com.

Penguin Random House is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. 

Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile.

Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

— Caitlin Valenziano is a publicist representing Penguin Random House.

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