Samantha Allen presents 'Patricia Wants to Cuddle: A Novel'

"A one-of-a-kind queer horror comedy for people who watch The Bachelor and The X-Files back-to-back."—Kirkus Reviews

Third Place Books welcomes local author Samantha Allen to our Ravenna store for the paperback release of her staff-favorite novel, Patricia Wants to Cuddle! A whirlwind romp careening toward a last-girl-standing conclusion, and a scathing indictment of contemporary American media culture, Patricia Wants to Cuddle is also a love story: between star-crossed lesbians who rise above their intolerant town, a deeply ambivalent woman and her budding self-actualization, and a group of misfit islanders forging community against all odds. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Patricia Wants to Cuddle. . .

On this season of The Catch, contestants must compete for love. And their lives.

When the final four women in competition for an aloof, somewhat sleazy bachelor's heart arrive on a mysterious island in the Pacific Northwest, they prepare themselves for another week of extreme sleep deprivation, invasive interviews, and, of course, the salacious drama eager viewers nationwide tune in to devour. Each woman came on The Catch for her own reasons-brand sponsorships, followers, and, yes, even love-and they've all got their eyes steadfastly trained on their respective prizes.

Enter Patricia, a temperamental and woefully misunderstood local living alone in the dark, verdant woods, and desperate for connection. Through twists as unexpected as they are wildly entertaining, the self-absorbed cast and jaded crew each make her acquaintance atop the island's tallest and most desolate peak, finding themselves at the center of an action-packed thriller that is far from scripted-and only a few will make the final cut.


Praise for Patricia Wants to Cuddle. . .

One of the Best Books of 2022
NPR • Them • Lit Hub • CrimeReads • Book Riot • 
Chicago Review of Books

“Well, I guess Bigfoot-Lesbian-RomCom-Mystery-Horror is my new favorite genre! So much fun!”
―Lilly Wachowski, showrunner on Work in Progress and co-creator of The Matrix and Sense8

“Samantha Allen’s Patricia Wants to Cuddle is just as wonderful as it is weird. It’s a queer romp with a bombshell of an ending, horrifying and delightful, a real page-turner. It’s truly a book that made me laugh out loud. I loved every minute of it.“
—Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

“To die for. Samantha Allen has filled each page with unadulterated, unbridled, unhinged genius.” 
—Jacob Tobia, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen is this incredible, hysterical, quirky thriller of a novel that weirdly gets a whole lot of things right about behind-the-scenes reality TV.”
—Connor Brennan, contestant on The Bachelorette Season 17 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 7

“A hilarious sendup of and love letter to The Bachelor franchise.”
—Ilana Masad, NPR

Samantha Allen is the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States and a GLAAD Award-winning journalist. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, Rolling Stone,, and more. She lives with her wife in Seattle.

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