Books By Lian Dolan

The Sweeney Sisters Release Date: April 28, 2020

Maggie, Liza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family

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You’re The Best: A Celebration of Friendship Release Date: October 2015

You're The Best A Celebration of Friendship by the Satellite Sisters

For the past 15 years, the Satellite Sisters – Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica and Lian Dolan – have entertained us with headlines of the day and career and family life anecdotes. We’ve laughed, cried, and learned that nothing is more powerful than a sense of connection and the notion that going through life with other people is the better way to go.

In their new book, You’re The Best, the Satellite Sisters have turned their focus on one of the most important relationships in our lives – our friends, our Satellite Sisters, the women we call when the best thing in your life happens or the worst.

With their trademark empathy, intelligence, and humor, You’re The Best is a collection of essays and writings about Life, Love, Family, Play, and Change.  It includes the voices of the Satellite Sisters and the Next Generation, spanning ages 15 to 60, and covering how friendships influence choices, relationships, careers, adventures and inevitable changes.

Available in hardcover this fall, You’re the Best is the perfect thank you note to our female friends and the perfect gift for childhood BFFs, your college roommates, your running group, your book club, your PTA friends or your actual sisters – for anyone you want to tell, “You’re the best.”

The book is the best reminder that it’s our friends who get us up, get us going, get us through and, most importantly, make us laugh.

About the Satellite Sisters and the Next Generation

The Satellite Sisters—Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica, and Lian Dolan—are five real sisters who believe that a sense of connection is what gives meaning to our lives.

The Dolan sisters created the Satellite Sisters first as a radio show and website in 2000 and then became podcast pioneers with a devoted national fan base as well as best-selling authors.  Together they have won 13 Gracie Allen Awards for excellence in women’s media, including Talk Show of the Year and have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and had a regular column in O Magazine for several years.  You’re the Best is expanded to include The Next Generation of Satellite Sisters – their daughters, daughters-in-laws, and nieces

“A charmingly funny and effortless read…” Library Journal starred review
Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Elizabeth The First Wife Release Date: May 2013

Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian DolanRomance, Comedy, Shakespeare!Elizabeth Lancaster is perfectly happy. Why shouldn’t she be? She teaches Shakespeare at a respectable community college. She’s got an impressive family that includes a Nobel Laureate father, an opinionated mother, one sister who’s curing cancer, and another go-getter who’s married to a Congressman. Plus she inherited a stunning Early California hacienda from her grandmother. Well, it will be stunning if she ever finds the capital to re-do just about everything.

So why does everyone keep telling her she needs a more prestigious job, upgraded countertops, and, most of all, a better man than her famous ex-husband, movie star FX Fahey?  Elizabeth silences her family and surprises herself when she joins her ex to work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Over the course of the summer, she discovers that men can change, politics can be sexy, dogs rule and William Shakespeare has a thing or two to teach her about modern relationships.

A Starred Review from Library Journal

Dolan’s sophomore effort (after Helen of Pasadena) is a charmingly funny and effortless read. Elizabeth Lancaster is happy with her life as an English professor at a community college in Pasadena, CA. Though her overachieving family includes a Nobel laureate father, a sister who’s pursuing a cure for cancer, and another sister who is helping her congressman husband move on to bigger and better things, Elizabeth likes where she’s landed. At least she thought she did. Then FX Fahey, a hunky Hollywood movie star and her ex-husband, arrives on her doorstep and throws her for a loop. It took Elizabeth years to get over FX, but his offer of a job helping to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream may just suck her back in. Joining FX in Ashland, OR, is only the first hurdle. Once on site, Elizabeth discovers that things aren’t going to be as easy as FX predicted. When complications spark a visit from the entire Lancaster clan to town, not to mention the man with whom Elizabeth has been skyping all summer, our heroine is torn between fight and flight. VERDICT This novel owes its success to the wonderfully developed cast of characters, especially Elizabeth, a fully grounded adult who deals gracefully with life (no chick-lit slapstick clutziness here). Fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell will find much to like here.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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More praise for Elizabeth the First Wife

“A Shakespeare-influenced delight… a charming, juicy read.”
— Flavorpill
“Brings humor and warmth to a contemporary story about a woman coping with family, career, and romance.”
— Tampa Bay Times
Recommended Reading List, May 2013
— Los Angeles Magazine
“A joyous and delightful tale.”
— Shelf Awareness
“The whipsmart Elizabeth the First Wife tackles reinvention, love, and finding yourself—all with a delicious soupçon of Shakespeare.”
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
“Lian Dolan has created the perfect blend of vulnerability, complication, and wit in this outstanding second novel. With timeless storylines that play out on the stage and in the real world, this is a purely enchanting read.”
—Robin Kall, host, Reading with Robin
Top 20 Summer Reading Picks /Go Providence
“With the references to Shakespeare, it will have book clubs talking for hours.”
— Mari Partyka, Manic Mommies Book
Official Selection June 2013

A Nominee for Best Fiction 2010 by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
Los Angeles Times Bestseller for over a year

Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan

Helen Of Pasadena Release Date: November 2010

Over a Year on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List
Nominated for Best Fiction by the Southern California Independent Booksellers
A Book Club Favorite all over the Country

Meet Helen of Pasadena. She needs a life make-over stat!A freak accident kills her philandering husband, leaving Helen broke, out of her “forever” house, and scrambling to salvage her once-rarefied existence. Enter Dr. Patrick O’Neill, noted archaeologist, excavator of Troy, and wearer of adorable nubby sweaters. A job as Dr. O’Neill’s research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs to re-invent herself professionally, personally, and romantically. Helen’s world widens to include a Hollywood star, a local gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Benefit Chair, an unforgiving admissions director, the best real estate agent in the biz, and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O’Neill. While uncovering secrets about Ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love.

Lian Dolan’s Books are widely available online or at booksellers everywhere. Available in print and e-versions.