Thursday, August 20, 2020

Review for Etiquette For Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor

Etiquette For Runaways by  Liza Nash Taylor 

publication: August 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing

1924. May Marshall is determined to spend the dog days of summer in self-imposed exile at her father’s farm in Keswick, Virginia. Following a naive dalliance that led to heartbreak and her expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, May returns home with a shameful secret only to find her father’s orchard is now the site of a lucrative moonshining enterprise. Despite warnings from the one man she trusts—her childhood friend Byrd—she joins her father’s illegal business. When authorities close in and her father, Henry, is arrested, May goes on the run.

May arrives in New York City, determined to reinvent herself as May Valentine and succeed on her own terms, following her mother’s footsteps as a costume designer. The Jazz Age city glitters with both opportunity and the darker temptations of cocaine and nightlife. From a start mending sheets at the famed Biltmore Hotel, May falls into a position designing costumes for a newly formed troupe of African American entertainers bound for Paris. Reveling in her good fortune, May will do anything for the chance to go abroad, and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. When Byrd shows up in New York, intent upon taking May back home, she pushes him, and her past, away.

In Paris, May’s run of luck comes to a screeching halt, spiraling her into darkness as she unravels a painful secret about her past. May must make a choice: surrender to failure and addiction, or face the truth and make amends to those she has wronged. But first, she must find self-forgiveness before she can try to reclaim what her heart craves most. 


Oh, my.   This book is wonderful.   I saw the cover, knowing nothing about the story inside, and knew without a doubt that I had to read this book.   The rose gold foil drew my eye and the model was mysterious and I knew she had a story to tell.  Then the title, Etiquette for Runaways, that made me curious to where the story would take me.   


May, the main character, is intriguing.  She grew up without knowing what happen to her mother, she lost her brother, and her father was a moonshiner.   When she was forced to go out in the world and fend for herself, she found her way.   It was not easy, it was not pretty, but it was what she needed to do to keep herself alive.   I could feel how real her story was.   Liza Nash Taylor did not make this story all pretty and sweet, she told a story as May’s life really was, she told of the drugs, the business deals, and all that went along with that life.  The story took me on a ride, telling of a life that I could not ever imagine living.  


Etiquette for Runaways is Liza Nash Taylor’s debut book and I am now a fan of hers.  I cannot wait to read her next book.    I highly recommend picking up your own copy and reading the wonderful, realistic story.

**Thank you Ann-Marie Nieves at GetRedPR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Meet Liza Nash Taylor

The farmhouse where Liza Nash Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia, with her family and dogs was built in 1825, and it is the opening setting of ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS. She writes in the old bunkhouse, with the occasional black snake and a view of the Southwest Mountains. In 2018, Liza completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Art and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow. She was the 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer's Conference Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Microchondria II, (an anthology by the Harvard Bookstore), Gargoyle Magazine, and others. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS is her first novel. Look for her second, a stand-alone sequel, in 2021, also from Blackstone Publishing.  Find her website

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