South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

Aug 23, 2015

15-18_foot_swell_CaliforniaThe prose is so accomplished, so effortlessly nuanced and suggestive, that more than once I had to check Patterson’s bio to make sure this was her first book. (It is.)
Michael Leone in 2009 writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Victoria Patterson’s Drift.

The Chronicle chose Drift as one of the best books of 2009 and it was a finalist for the California Book Award.

Colleen Dunn Bates, former publisher of Hometown Pasadena, interviewed Patterson in 2009 and wrote, “Each story is a thing of beauty — sad and honest and utterly captivating.”




To take on a reinterpretation of one of the greatest novels of the 20th century in one’s debut is, to put it mildly, a gutsy move. Victoria Patterson’s first novel, This Vacant Paradise, set in Newport Beach, Calif., in the expansive, bullish 1990s, is a modern take on Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

Patterson beautifully parses the consequences of one woman’s fall in this memorable, penetrating, fully achieved novel.
—Kate Christensen,




This Vacant Paradise was followed by The Peerless Four, a fact-based, though fictionalized story of the four women sprinters who won the Gold Medal for Canada in the 1928 Olympics.




Girl Friday (a personal assistant service) kicks off its fall book club with Little Brother by South Pasadena resident and author Victoria Patterson. Amy Grace of the New York Times writes, “Victoria Patterson is a capable and ­canny writer, and she would have to be to take on the subject of her newest novel, The Little Brother, and produce so arresting and haunting an experience.”

Join Girl Friday to hear Patterson read from Little Brother on September 25th at the newly expanded Kidd’s Jewelry Heist in South Pasadena. The reading will be followed by what should be “a powerful and intense discussion.”

Complimentary wine and sweets (which we can attest are delicious on both counts).

Girl Friday Book Club with Victoria Patterson
Friday, Sept. 25th, 7-10 p.m.
Kidd’s Jewelry Heist, 1510 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030
Free event, RSVP required
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