Joy Nicholson

Joy Nicholson is the author of THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES (St. Martin’s Press), now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Garner, Maika Monrose, and Cody Fern, and THE ROAD TO ESMERALDA (St. Martin’s Press). She lives with her husband in New Mexico, where she runs the Rancho de Chihuahua, a sanctuary for elderly and abused dogs.


“Nicholson captures the California-coast culture….Medina shows what it’s like to feel ‘6 million years old’ way before your time.” Entertainment Weekly (A-)

“An inspiring portrait of a young woman unswayed by other people’s pettiness.” Mademoiselle

“Impressive—captures what it is to be young, intelligent, and very alone.” Us Magazine

“Nicholson’s evocation of character, her ability to bring Medina fully to life, makes this work.  She writes with snapshot immediacy.  A writer to keep in mind.” —David Ulin, Salon

“The best first novel I read this year….Ever since The Catcher in the Rye, streams of novelists have tried to update the adolescent experience…few writers have come as close as Nicholson to Salinger-esque perfection.” —William Sutcliffe, (London) Independent on Sunday

“Nicholson’s first novel is deft, expressive and emotionally true.” —Julie Myerson, (London) Mail on Sunday

 “A subtle account of family breakdowns masquerading as an adolescient coming-of-age novel, written with intelligence and style.” —Alex Garland, novelist and screenwriter

“Compelling.”  Seventeen

 “Nicholson depicts in scathing detail the treacheries behind the facade of upper-class Palos Verdes….A compelling, realistic view of the underbelly of affluent California life.” Kirkus Reviews

 “A beautiful first novel…about a painful time in a surfer girl’s life….We should all read this book and celebrate it.” —Daniel Duane, author of Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast, writing in Surfer Magazine

 “An unexpectedly affectionate, moving treat.”  Publishers Weekly

The Tribes of Palos Verdes is an evocative account of what it’s like to be an adolescent outsider.” L.A. Weekly

“A deeply personal book, written in short, first-person vignettes that read as if they were torn from the pages of a private diary….gut-wrenching.” The Surfing Journal


"The wise, funny, adolescent voice of a female Holden Caulfield, noble and honest. A vibrant book, brave and true to a young girl's voice." --Los Angeles Times