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The Half of It

Juliette Fay



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William Morrow Paperbacks
13 October 2023
"""Witty, tender, beautifully written, I loved being immersed in this powerful story of loss and forgiveness.""   —Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

One perfect night. Forty years of buried hurt. One chance to make it right. Can the past ever be fixed With humor, heart, and grace, USA Today bestselling author Juliette Fay delivers a poignant, propulsive novel about settling the past, rekindling lost friendships, and discovering love when you least expect it.            

 “I’m wondering if we can be friends again.”

When 58-year-old Helen Spencer reviews her life, what she sees are the mistakes. Over the years, things seemed to go sideways incrementally, one little wrong decision at a time. She can even pinpoint where it all started to go awry: a wonderous, romantic night in the woods her senior year of high school with a boy named Cal Crosby. A night she would soon work hard to forget.

Forty years, one marriage, three children, and one grandbaby later, suddenly there he is—Cal Crosby!—right in front of her with grandchildren of his own in tow. The chance to finally get some answers and sort out what happened is within reach. But Helen would much prefer to keep that night and all the fury, hurt, and sorrow that followed tightly locked away where she doesn’t have to face it.

 Cal Crosby, however, is ready to talk. He has no idea of the can of worms he’s about to open. In fact, he doesn’t know the half of it."

Imprint:   William Morrow Paperbacks
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780063235960
ISBN 10:   006323596X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Juliette Fay is the award-winning, bestselling author of six previous novels, including Shelter Me, a Massachusetts Book Award winner and Indie Next pick, and The Tumbling Turner Sisters, a USA Today bestseller. A graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, she lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Reviews for The Half of It

A well-paced story of addiction and redemption, told with sparks of humor and full of warmly drawn characters. - Library Journal (starred review) on Catch Us When We Fall A hopeful, poignant novel about the tenacity of the human spirit, our capacity for forgiveness and all the ways a heart can grow when we least expect it. You'll want to curl up in bed with this heartwarming story. - Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author, on Catch Us When We Fall Readers who enjoy an emotional journey including hope and redemption will be well satisfied with this story. Offer it to fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard and Jodi Picoult. - Booklist on Catch Us When We Fall Catch Us When We Fall is a beautiful story about life's darkest demons-grief, addiction, and broken promises-but Juliette Fay's characters are so lovable and emotionally complex it left me suffused with light and hope. I read this book in a gulp, alternately crying, laughing, and cheering. - Ann Mah, New York Times bestselling author When I'm done reading Juliette Fay's books, her characters always exist in my memory like people I've actually met. Catch Us When We Fall is full of hope, heart, and genuine love. I already miss checking in with these beautiful people who are trying their hardest to heal and connect. - Allie Larkin, bestselling author of Stay, Why Can't I Be You, and Swimming for Sunlight Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay introduces us to Cass Macklin, a former addict who finds herself alone and pregnant. Can Cass stop drinking and create a healthy life for herself and her unborn child? A novel about resilience and the power of human connection, Catch Us When We Fall is perfect for fans of emotionally honest women's fiction. - Brenda Janowitz, author of The Grace Kelly Dress Suffused with compassion, wry humor, and unexpected grace, it's a story not of angels or demons, but of people struggling to find a safe harbor in the broken landscape of addiction. - Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Waisted and The Widow of Wall Street

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