Touchstone | 288 pages
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From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.
George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.
Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.
Listen to an excerpt from GEORGE & LIZZIE read by Nancy Pearl.
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praise for george & lizzie
"George & Lizzie overflows with humor and heart, with quirks and eccentricities, and with unforgettable characters. The end result is an irresistible debut by a born storyteller."
- JIM LYNCH, AUTHOR OF BEFORE THE WIND
- KATHERINE HEINY, AUTHOR OF SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW
"Nancy Pearl understands the desperate, confused, needy heart that beats under the surface of even the most dysfunctional of relationships, and exposes it with wit and genuine love."
"As sparkling as prosecco, as jubilantly quirky and inventive a love story as you could every want, and a jigsaw puzzle you never want to finish. If I could marry a novel, this wise, witty and rapturously inventive book would be it."
- CAROLINE LEAVITT, NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD AND PICTURES OF YOU.
"George & Lizzie has a smashing premise, an engaging cast of characters, and a voice that propels you from first page to last with its wit, insight into secrets, families, and football, and its unrelenting energy."
- STEPHEN MCCAULEY, AUTHOR OF THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION AND MY EX-LIFE
"George & Lizzie is a richly absorbing portrait of a perfectly imperfect marriage; a wryly observed story of family, love, and absurdity; and a deft consideration of the moments that shadow and shape our lives and just might take on lives of their own."
- AMY POEPPEL, AUTHOR OF SMALL ADMISSIONS
"Nancy Pearl dramatizes a complicated and deeply illuminating union of opposites and conducts profound inquiries into the self, family, empathy, and love. The result is a charming, edgy, and many-faceted novel of penetrating humor and resonant insight.
- DONNA SEAMAN, BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
"George & Lizzie is an unusual story about a marriage, except that really it's a story about growing up, except that really it's a story about a cast of uncommon, bewitching characters I could have happily read about for a month. It's smart, funny, warmly sketched, cleverly put together, and engagingly told, and it sums to something wonderful and unexpected. I will be recommending it unrelentingly to everyone I know."
- LAURIE FRANKEL, AUTHOR OF THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS
"[A]n homage to true love, painful childhood experiences and emotional scars that last a lifetime.
- CAROL MEMMONT, WASHINGTON POST Shhh — SHHH - NANCY PEARL, AMERICAN'S LIBRARIAN, HAS WRITTEN HER FIRST NOVEL
"George & Lizzie is a fresh, sweet, funny, and completely charming love story between two people, two families, and two unlikely paths in life, which somehow find their way to each other. To read this novel is to see family, love, and life in a new light."
- LISA SCOTTOLINE, NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF FINAL APPEAL AND LOOK AGAIN AND DON'T GO