Forever, Interrupted - Taylor Jenkins Reid (Paperback)

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This heartrending debut novel weaves a beautiful love story with an homage to the redemptive power of female friendship.

Product Details

Barcode
9781476712826
Department
Books
Released
1 Oct 2013
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Pocket Books
Language
English
Number of Pages
324
Dimensions
210 x 140 x 25mm (295g)

Annotation

  • After her newlywed husband, Ben, is killed while riding his bike, Elsie realizes the only family she has left is a mother-in-law she does not meet until after Ben's death, and whom she is instantly at odds with.
  • After her newlywed husband, Ben, is killed while riding his bike, Elsie realizes the only family she has left is a mother-in-law she does not meet until after Ben's death, and whom she is instantly at odds with, and must forge a bond with the woman if she is ever going to get over the grief. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Summary

"Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Contemporary Women
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Family Life
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Contemporary Women
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Grief; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Loss (Psychology); Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Female friendship; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
American Contemporary Fiction
Dewey Classification
813/.6

Author Bio

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

Review Quotes

"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I'm finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." -- Katja Millay * author of The Sea of Tranquility * "Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." -- Sarah Jio * New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March * "As uplifting as it is brutally honest-a must-read." * Kirkus * "Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn't stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love." -- Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author "Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" -- Jen Lancaster * New York Times bestselling author * Praise for After I Do:
"Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren's journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story." * Booklist * "Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" * Library Journal * Praise for Maybe in Another Life:
"Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life." * Kirkus (starred review) * "This beautifully rendered story explores the brilliance and rarity of finding true love, and how to find our way back through the painful aftermath of losing it. These characters will leap right off the page and into your heart." -- Amy Hatvany * author of Heart Like Mine * "Sweet, heartfelt, and surprising, Forever Interrupted is a story about a young woman struggling to find her way after losing her husband. These characters made me laugh as well as cry, and I ended up falling in love with them, too." -- Sarah Pekkanen * author of The Best of Us * "Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a poignant and heartfelt exploration of love and commitment in the absence of shared time that asks, what does it take to be the love of someone's life?" -- Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus * New York Times bestselling authors * "Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." -- Sarah Jio * New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March * "Forever, Interrupted weaves a beautiful love story with a terrible tragedy. Told in alternating timelines, each chapter progresses sequentially from two different arcs: one of a blooming, forever love and another of overcoming a sudden, inexplicable loss. Each storyline moves effortlessly and seamlessly through the connected stages, while also emphasizing the strengthening of old friendships and the forging of new ones. Whether told in past or present voice, Reid's debut is a superb read from start to finish!" * Romantic Times * "You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." * Redbook * "A moving novel about life and death." * Kirkus * Praise for Forever, Interrupted:
"Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." * Publishers Weekly, starred review *