WORD Presents Cassidy Lucas

06/16/2022 - 7:00pm

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About the Book

For Los Angeles native Dawn Sanders, turning 50 does not feel like cause for celebration: her career as an esthetician to westside L.A.’s wealthy women has dead-ended, her developmentally challenged 19-year-old daughter Quinn seems to be regressing, and her ex-husband, a fertility doctor worshipped by the Hollywood set, is forever disrupting her daily life. But when Dawn’s actress best friend Mia Meadows insists on planning a “creative” milestone birthday weekend for her in Topanga Canyon, she agrees to the plan. 

And so, on the weekend of the Summer Solstice, Dawn and her six closest friends ascend high into the Canyon for the celebration. Their destination is an Airbnb named “Celestial Ranch,” 18-acres of wild, wooded mountainside where they’ll spend three dreamy days hiking, horseback riding, and enjoying lavish catered meals. Mia has even gone so far as to hire a well-known psychic to supply individual “future visions” to each guest, and has procured a supply of DMT, the short-acting psychedelic drug, which Dawn has no intention of trying—at first.

But as the weekend unfolds, long-buried tensions, unresolved grievances, and old secrets among the friends begin to emerge, and Dawn finds herself desperate for clarity and answers about her life and relationships. What began as a weekend of respite and celebration takes a dark, swift turn as Dawn finds herself deserted on a dark mountainside in the middle of the night. What could Dawn have possibly done to deserve a birthday like this—and how will she make it through the night unscathed?


About the Author

Cassidy Lucas is the pen name of writing duo Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson Widger. Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth, praised by The New Yorker as a “comically energetic début,” and The Gypsy Moth Summer, called “hugely engaging” by Francine Prose. Widger is the author of the novels Real Happy Family and Mother of Invention, praised by Margaret Atwood  as “A pacey thriller!” and was featured on NPR’s Marketplace. Both Fierro and Widger live in Santa Monica with their families. Their novel Santa Monica was published in 2020, and THE LAST PARTY is their second book together.


In conversation with

Lauren Belski is a graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA program. Before studying fiction, she was a New York City Teaching Fellow and a Red Cloud Indian School Volunteer. A South Jersey native, she is forever grateful to the many different societies, cultures, landscapes, and friends that have helped to shape and guide her on her journey as a writer–from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, to the Florida-bound minivan rides down I-95 with her family, to the many midnight walks in cities with friends all over this big crazy world. She lives, teaches and writes in Brooklyn, NY.

The Last Party: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063018488
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 26th, 2022

Some guests were not invited….. 

The authors of Santa Monica once again illuminate the dark truths of life in sunny California in this twisty and atmospheric psychological thriller about a 50th birthday celebration on a remote mountainside in Topanga Canyon, where things go terrifyingly wrong.

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RSVP below for WORD Presents Cassidy Lucas, author of THE LAST PARTY on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7PM

In person at WORD Bookstores, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn NY 11222

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