"I won't rest until everyone in America has read (and fallen in love with) this fabulous author." —Elizabeth Gilbert
The debut novel that redefined the coming-of-age genre, now with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Maria Semple.
Stylish, suburban Katherine is just eighteen years old when she is introduced to Professor Jacob Goldman, his rambling home and his large eccentric family, but she is quickly enveloped into their chaotic life. The professor's wife, Jane, becomes Katherine's spiritual mother, but it is his older sons, and particularly the beautiful, sulky Roger, who breaks her heart and sets her on a new path. Fleeing to Rome, Katherine remakes herself, but ten years later, she must return, older and wiser, to face the Goldmans once more.
In this funny and heartwarming novel, Barbara Trapido introduces an unforgettable main character and debuts the witty, compelling voice that authors from Elizabeth Gilbert to Maria Semple and Lauren Groff rave about.
"An unpretentious and very funny book . . . A complex and highly polished work . . . . Barbara Trapido has that rare ability to make her characters respond to small misfortunes and irritations exactly as people do." - New York Times
"This is a first novel, for Barbara Trapido, but if established writers could get this good on the seventh try, readers would be the richer for it. What a lovely novel . . . Barbara Trapido, where have you been?" - USA Today
"If you've been looking for a modern love story that shines with off-beat charm and sprightly intelligence--not to mention elegance of style--take heart . . . . This brief account cannot do justice to the wry, civilized tone and understated wit that lights up Trapido's writing." - San Francisco Chronicle
"A staggeringly competent first novel." - Boston Globe
"Should be required reading for all men who are interested in smart, attractive women, and in what life looks like from their side ... Funny, charming, teeming with life, and real." - Nick Hornby, Esquire