Review – Blank: A Novel by Zibby Owens


I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did! What a great story with a powerful and happy ending.  I stayed awake until wee hours of the morning to finish this book.

I fell in love with Pippa and was cheering for her from the beginning. She’s so real and raw that you can’t help but want everything to come out good for her in the end. Playing her relationship with her children as lighter moments in the darker story was lovely to read.

I saw myself in Pippa so much that I must admit to shedding a tear or two while going through her story. Pippa is strong, and so am I. Pippa is smart, and so am I. Dayenu. (if you don’t get that, read the book!)

I don’t often stray from mystery books, but this was a joy to read. I’d highly recommend every struggling fiction writer read this book now!

Back Cover Copy of Blank

Pippa Jones is a fortyish former literary sensation who fears she will be a one-hit wonder. After the follow-up book she was almost done writing, Podlusters, had to be tossed (it ended up sharing a plot and title with superstar author Ella Rankin’s summer blockbuster!), she couldn’t write a thing. Months of staring at a blank page made her confidence vanish like a one-night stand. When she finds out that she has only five days left to finish (or rather, start) or repay an advance she’s already spent, Pippa has a brilliantly original idea. Okay, fine, her twelve-year-old son came up with it as a joke, but Pippa and her teenage daughter approved.

Pippa’s not only going to make a bold statement, but she’ll change the book world while she’s at it! Can she pull it off? At this point, she doesn’t have a choice.

When Pippa’s publisher gets intimately involved, it unlocks a series of plot twists she never saw coming. From the courtyards of posh Beverly Hills hotels and Malibu mega-mansions to Brentwood and Santa Monica bookstores, Pippa races against time—in her used Volvo—and discovers more about her career, marriage, family, friends, and herself than she ever could have dreamed up.

About Zibby Owens

Zibby Owens is the author of Blank: A Novel, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, and Princess Charming, a children’s book, and is the editor of two anthologies. A frequent contributor to Good Morning America, Zibby has been called “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” (Vulture).

Creator and host of the award-winning daily podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, Zibby is the co-founder and CEO of publishing house Zibby Books, owner of Zibby’s Bookshop, an indie bookstore in Santa Monica, CA, and creator of “the Zibby-verse” (L.A. Times) community of book lovers, for which she offers retreats, events, classes, a book club, and more.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby lives in New York with her four children ages 9 to 16 and her husband, Kyle Owens, Co-President and Founder of Morning Moon Productions. Follow her on Instagram and Substack where she tells it like it is.

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