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The Nobodies

The Nobodies

A Novel

Liza Palmer

Flatiron Books


“Liza Palmer's voice is fresh, exciting, and necessary. She's a must-read author.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six

Charmingly candid, hilarious, and deeply moving, The Nobodies is a novel about failing but never losing the core of yourself, from a beloved writer at the top of her game.

If there's one thing Joan Dixon knows about herself, it's that she is a damn good journalist. But when she is laid off from yet another soon-to-be-shuttered newspaper, and even the soulless, listicle-writing online jobs have dried up, she is left with few options. Closer to 40 than 30, single, living with her parents again, Joan decides she needs to reinvent herself. She goes to work as a junior copywriter at Bloom, a Los Angeles startup where her bosses are all a decade younger and snacks and cans of fizzy water flow freely.

For once, Joan has a steady paycheck and a stable job. She befriends a group of misfit coworkers and even begins a real relationship, after years of false starts. But once a journalist, always a journalist, and as Joan starts to poke beneath Bloom’s bright surface, she realizes that she may have accidentally stumbled onto the scoop of her lifetime. Is it worth risking everything for the sake of the story?


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“This is that rock bottom I’m going to mine for the inspiring commencement speech I’ll give at an Ivy League college in a few years. This is that fun, disruptive detour I’ll laugh about on various...

Praise for The Nobodies

Praise for Liza Palmer and The Nobodies

“As I read The Nobodies, I thought of the HBO show ‘Silicon Valley,’ for its funny, bumbling characters, and then ‘Younger,’ whose main character connects with her 20-something publishing co-workers, and finally, The Inventor: Out for Blood, the documentary about the fraudulent tech startup Theranos. Combining elements from all of these narratives, The Nobodies is a fast-paced, contemporary novel with a main character who’s determined to get the real story and maybe find herself along the way.” —BookPage

“Liza Palmer's voice is fresh, exciting, and necessary. She's a must-read author.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six

“Engaging and poignant and heartbreakingly real.” —Jennifer Weiner

“Palmer tells a story like a girlfriend over lunch.” —People

“Fresh, frank, and fearless. Liza Palmer is a road warrior of contemporary fiction.” —Georgia Clark, author of The Bucket List

“Honest, humorous and whip smart...Impossible to put down and so much fun to read.” —USA Today’s Happily Ever After

“Liza Palmer is definitely one of my new favorite writers!” —Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries


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Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl and several other novels. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed.

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Edwin Santiago

Meet the Author

September 10-15, 2019

Meet internationally bestselling author (Conversations with the Fat Girl) and Emmy-nominated writer Liza Palmer as she discusses her new novel, The Nobodies.