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“Stunningly crafted and constantly surprising . . . An utterly convincing love story about two people destined to be together somehow, no matter what.”—The Times
 

A dazzling novel about the ways the smallest decisions give shape to our lives, The Versions of Us charts a relationship through three possible futures. Cambridge, 1958. Late for class, Eva Edelstein swerves to miss a dog and crashes her bike. Jim Taylor hurries to help her. In that brief moment, three outcomes are born for Eva and Jim. As the strands of their lives weave together and apart across the decades from college through wildly different successes and disappointments, seductions and betrayals, births and funerals, joys and sorrows, the only constant is the power of their connection. A #1 UK bestseller, The Versions of Us is a tour de force of storytelling.
 
“One Day meets Sliding Doors.”—Elle
 
“I simply adored this wonderful novel.”—Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Miniaturist
 
“A joy.”—The Guardian
 
“Enchanting.”—People
 
“Imagines the delicious prospect of romantic do-overs, cleverly negotiating the tricky and often dizzying terrain of three versions of first love . . . A masterly romantic study of love’s choices and consequences.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Triumphant.”—The Sunday Telegraph
 
“Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose—a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book in which you don’t have to choose.”—Observer
“Reading this ambitious first novel is like putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle. The challenge pays off—only when the puzzle is complete can readers see the whole panoramic picture.”—Library Journal
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“I simply adored this wonderful novel.”—Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Miniaturist
 
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“Enchanting.”—People
 
“Imagines the delicious prospect of romantic do-overs, cleverly negotiating the tricky and often dizzying terrain of three versions of first love . . . A masterly romantic study of love’s choices and consequences.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Triumphant.”—The Sunday Telegraph
 
“Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose—a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book in which you don’t have to choose.”—Observer
“Reading this ambitious first novel is like putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle. The challenge pays off—only when the puzzle is complete can readers see the whole panoramic picture.”—Library Journal
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        December 1, 2015

        Sparks fly when Eva and Jim meet on a street in Cambridge, England, but then journalist/theater critic Barnett gives us options. Do they kiss or turn away; get together briefly, marry quickly, or reconnect only after years apart? The book as a whole must be good; it's been sold to 13 countries and has a 100,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Taking a leaf from Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, this touching novel looks at three different ways the lifelong romance between artist Jim Taylor and writer Eva Edelstein might have turned out. It begins with a chance meeting at Cambridge University in 1958 and then follows the pair over the years until the present. Jim and Eva marry, or maybe Eva marries the vain actor David Katz. Through the decades, they have various relationships that are both troubled and happy, bear a number of children, and endure plenty of family drama in England, Italy, France, and California. This clever and imaginative novel with intriguing characters presents three equally engaging stories. Yet switching among the three versions can become so confusing that readers may wish for a genealogy chart to keep everyone straight. VERDICT Reading this ambitious first novel is like putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle. The challenge pays off--only when the puzzle is complete can readers see the whole panoramic picture. [See Prepub Alert, 11/9/15.]--Leslie Patterson, Rehoboth, MA

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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