On New Year’s Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly honest story of healing and carving your own way. Did I mention I was wearing a heavy winter jacket in this warm bookstore and that I had to climb the very top step of this very tall ladder?
THIS is how much I adore the writing of Taylor Jenkins Reid. I read her first book (FOREVER, INTERRUPTED) when I left Austin after a visit with Magan. I was sad and I needed a book to make me feel better. FI didn’t promise to be cheery but it certainly welcomed me into its world and let me forget for a little while. These two books are the reason why I’m thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for Taylor’s upcoming novel: MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (Washington Square Books, 7/7/15). All I can say is this: I hope she plans to write a book every year for the rest of her life because, well, the need is strong.
Congrats to Taylor & I hope you’ll consider picking up her other two titles as you countdown to summer for this one. – Estelle
What it’s all about | At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.
What happens if she leaves with Gabby?
What happens if she leaves with Ethan?
In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?
Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
About the Author | Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.