ERICKA LUTZ / The Edge of Maybe

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 7:30pm



What makes a family a family? What do we owe the people in our lives?


Adam and Kira Glazer live a quirky, Northern California liberal lifestyle, entering middle age with politically correct values, an obsession with gourmet organic food, and no idea what has happened to their punk rock, adventurous youth. When Amber—a young ex-con from Nevada who might be Adam's daughter—lands on their doorstep bringing with her a disabled child, Adam and Kira are forced to confront their disappointments—in each other and in themselves. Adam, Kira, and their 13-year-old daughter Polly take on freeways and yoga classes, explore truths and secrets, and ultimately go for broke in The Edge of Maybe, a novel of possibilities.


Award-winning author Ericka Lutz takes readers on a wild road trip, with a novel that is tender, witty, and entertaining and characters who are visceral, sexy, and real.


“An unflinching exploration of 21st century family life, California style—at once funny, complicated, earnest, and passionate, with an ending I cheered. The characters are full of surprises, and Amber is a gem.” -- Alix Kates Shulman, author of To Love What Is and Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen


“Ericka Lutz is a brave, honest, deeply observant writer. She deftly celebrates and lampoons Bay area culture as she exposes the dark side of a family which, on the surface, seems ideal. The Edge of Maybe is a timely, compulsive read.”—Gayle Brandeis, author of Delta Girls and My Life with the Lincolns


Ericka Lutz is the author of seven previous books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stepparenting. Her stories and essays have appeared in many literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. A long time columnist for Literary Mama magazine, she teaches writing and public speaking at the UC Berkeley, and performs her solo show A Widow's To-Do List around the Bay Area. She lives in Oakland, the city from which she draws much of her inspiration. The Edge of Maybe is her first novel.



Read the San Francisco Chronicle review.