Next Year, for Sure

Next Year, for Sure

Book - 2017
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"In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love. After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another's sentences, and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. When Chris tells Kathryn about his feelings for Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the Laundromat, Kathryn encourages her boyfriend to pursue this other woman--certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather a little side dalliance. As Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory, and often very funny year that follows. When Chris's romance with Emily grows beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily's communal home, where Kathryn will discover new romantic possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions, and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris will be forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love. Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey L. Paterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501145858
Branch Call Number: F PET
Characteristics: vii, 244 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 08, 2017

Beautifuly intimate writing that compassionately explores an open relationship. Loved the cast of characters, the narrative style, and that it was a Vancouver setting. Looking forward to future work from this author.

c_mendiola Jul 25, 2017

A great read in general. Zoey Leigh Peterson successfully captures non-conventional relationships--the ups, downs, and struggles that come with them. Even if the characters (and their situation) isn't something everyone goes through, Peterson's writing makes them all so relatable. By the end of the novel, guaranteed, you will absolutely love at least one character!

A quick read that I enjoyed less for the characters themselves than for the uncharted social space in which they operate. The story has a lumbering feel, but the deft exploration of complex human emotions is worth dedicating a few hours to over your cup of morning coffee.


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