LB Gschwandtner
LB Gschwandtner

A Note From The Author To Readers of “A Place Called Zamora”

Dear Readers:

This story came to me during the first stages of what we are going through in an America I find in many ways unrecognizable. I’ve watched as corruption seeped through our system and, like many others, I’ve been deeply troubled by what I’ve seen and heard. We have an opportunity to restore and revive the rule of law and the great goodness that is America. We all have a voice and this story is my way of making my voice heard. Of course I hope you enjoy reading A Place Called Zamora for in essence it is a story about people struggling to survive, but more than that, I hope this story will illustrate in some ways how insidious and evil corruption is and how it eats away at the fabric of a society. Fiction can be as much a weapon as a gun or a knife. Fiction can be a voice. It can give people hope through telling a story. I hope our country never becomes like the city in my book. I hope we are better than that. I ended this story on a hopeful note because I think the good in people and the love they need from one another will eventually overcome the corruption which is ever present and looking for opportunity.

Thank you for hoping along with me, dear readers.

Wally Lamb on “The Other New Girl”

“We swim in the soup we’ve made,’ the protagonist of LB Gschwandtner’s compulsively readable novel, The Other New Girl, observes. The ingredients of this dark and disturbing coming-of-age novel include adolescent cruelty, religious hypocrisy, and the sadder-but-wiser perspective of the adult who dares to look back. Gschwandtner asks the question ‘Do we ever really get over high school?’ Like me, other readers may ponder that question for themselves as they race through this harrowing and heartbreaking tale of the aftereffects of power misused. I was riveted.”
—Wally Lamb, author of six New York Times best-selling novels, including The Hour I First Believed and She’s Come Undone, and was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club

Reading New Work

LB Gschwandtner reading a scene from The Other New Girl at a workshop In Praiano, Italy. It’s at such workshops where writers have the singular opportunity, while in the process of constructing a book, to learn from accomplished writers who also teach the process of story telling. At this particular workshop Wally Lamb, Sue Levine, Lary Bloom and all the workshop participants were the first readers who helped me bring this new book to life on the page. How special is this process? It is essential. The writers who teach workshops give to new writers a sense of what is possible in their own voices. That is invaluable.

“Overall, this is a deftly constructed coming-of-age story with well-drawn characters and the narrative momentum of a thriller. Gschwandtner (Carla’s Secret, 2013, etc.) is a gifted storyteller who ably balances the past and present throughout the novel and never puts a foot wrong. . . . A potent exploration of youth, innocence, and the abuse of authority.”
—Kirkus Reviews

From Netgalley​ *****
“I really got into this book. By the halfway point I couldn’t put it down. The relationships between the characters were well thought out and the main character was really likeable. I would definitely recommend this book!”
—Jill Renaud