Innocence: A Novel (Paperback)

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From New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Tessaro comes a poignant, funny, and unforgettable story of real life, real love, and fantasy—and the changes they put you through.

1986. Starry-eyed and ready to take the world by storm, Evie Garlick leaves her small town of Eden, Ohio, to study drama in London, intent on becoming a star of the classical stage. But when she arrives in England, it quickly becomes clear she’s way out of her element—and completely unprepared for what fate has in store for her.

Luckily, her new flatmate, the larger-than-life Robbie, immediately takes the bewildered Evie under her wing. Glamorous and bohemian, Robbie’s unorthodox Greenwich Village upbringing and reckless lust for life both dazzle and astonish Evie. Soon the drama offstage in their small student flat is more exciting than any Broadway play. And when Evie meets Jake, a defiantly self-assured young musician bent on two things—success and her—she finds herself suddenly in far too deep, painfully in love, out of control, and yet thrillingly alive, questioning everything about herself—and her dreams.

2001. Robbie has been dead for five years, and Evie, now a single mother, is still living in London. Resigned to earning a living by teaching drama to night students, her life bears little resemblance to the one she’d imagined for herself fifteen years ago. Her carefully ordered routine and beloved son help to keep the memories and regrets at bay—most of the time. But when the past pays Evie a visit, she’s forced to confront the ambitious young woman she used to be and re-examine the choices she made…and those she couldn’t—in order to claim a new future.

 

Praise For…


“Transcends the [chick lit] genre with adept pacing, vivid characters, and Tessaro’s knack for telling a good story.”

“A tale as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.”

“Elegantly written and compelling.”

“Witty…proves that confidence never goes out of fashion.”

“Through vivid descriptions, lively mishaps and devastating details, Tessaro serves up a witty, original, fast–moving debut.”

“Funny and witty…devilishly fun to read.”

“Fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary will love this unique Pygmalion tale, an impressive debut novel.”

“Fabulous fiction. Expect to laugh and maybe pick up some Grace Kelly — Jackie O-esque tips.”

“A brilliant read with fashion advice thrown in!”

“A breath of fresh air in a wold of increasingly tired–looking chick–lit… a stylish antidote to girly fluff.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060522285
ISBN-10: 0060522283
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 21st, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English