On Sale: May 28, 2019
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New Adult | Coming of Age
A love triangle among two college friends and a
charismatic professor alters the lives of everyone involved
in this razor-sharp novel from an author whose work has been
hailed as “captivating” by J. Courtney Sullivan, author of
Saints for All Occasions.
Fiona and Liv are seniors at Buchanan College, a small
liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania. Fiona, who is
still struggling emotionally after the death of her younger
sister, is spending her final college year sleeping with
abrasive men she meets in bars. Liv is happily coupled and
on the fast track to marriage with an all-American frat boy.
Both of their journeys, and their friendship, will be
derailed by the relationships they develop with Oliver Ash,
a ruggedly good-looking visiting literature professor whose
first novel was published to great success when he was
But now, Oliver is in his early forties, with thinning hair,
and a checkered past, including talk of a relationship with
an underage woman—a former student—at a previous teaching
job. Meanwhile, Oliver’s wife, Simone, is pursuing an
academic research project in Berlin, raising their
five-year-old son, dealing with her husband’s absence, and
wondering if their marriage is beyond repair.
This sly, stunning, wise-beyond-its-years novel is told from
the perspectives of the three women and showcases Berman’s
talent for exploring the complexities of desire, friendship,
identity, and power dynamics in the contemporary moment.
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