Dee De Tarsio is one of the funniest women on the planet. I’d love to see her do stand-up, but until she opts for a career change I’ll just have to read her books.
She excels at writing hapless heroines, wacky characters and situations that spiral delightfully out of control. Her latest, Haole Wood, is a standout novel featuring Jaswinder Park, who has had orgasms that last longer than some of her jobs. When her Korean-Hawaiian grandmother Halmoni is arrested, Jaswinder is dispatched to Maui by her family to extract the old woman from jail. Since granny is an “herbalist” (yeah, right), keeping her out of trouble is a challenge for Jaswinder and one that she fails when Halmoni is arrested again.