From bestselling author, Elizabeth LaBan comes a novel about what love really means. BESIDE HERSELF (LakeUnionPublishing) is a surprising and heartwarming novel about the making—and unmaking—of a marriage and one woman’s quest through it all.
There are few things more difficult to overcome than infidelity. For many, it’s marriage-ending. But, what happens when an otherwise happy marriage suffers from an affair? Is there room for forgiveness and redemption?
Hannah Bent is blindsided by her husband’s infidelity and must decide whether she wants to stay and work on her marriage or leave and start anew. Life as she’s known it has been a lie. At least, that’s how she feels when she discovers texts on her husband’s phone from another woman. A woman he’d been sleeping with while traveling for business. She thinks her marriage is over. Isn’t that what happens after an affair? Her husband, Joel, wants nothing more than to stay together and repent for his mistake for the rest of their lives. Hannah is so angry and upset, it’s hard to imagine ever feeling secure in the relationship again. But she’s not sure what she wants. She’s seen friends divorce, and it’s not pretty. After all, they have an otherwise happy life together, and she still loves him, although begrudgingly. But, how can she ever move past this?
Furious and stuck, she makes a radical proposition: she will have an affair of her own to even the score. Desperate for forgiveness, her husband agrees. As Hannah attempts to dive into the dating pool, going on numerous awkward dates, she learns just how challenging it is for a middle-aged mother of two to meet someone. When she’s just about given up hope for a successful and fulfilling affair, she finds a deep connection in the most unexpected of places. This genuine connection is both exciting and concerning. What does it mean for her future? Her marriage? What does she really want?
Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. She is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, Not Perfect, and Pretty Little World, which she co-authored with Melissa DePino. She also wrote the young adult novel The Tragedy Paper, published by Knopf, which has been translated into eleven foreign languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, published by Quirk Books, which has been translated into seven foreign languages. Her next novel Beside Herself will be published on October 22, 2019.
She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. She also ghost writes a weekly column, and has ghost written two books.
She has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in English from Trinity College in Hartford. Elizabeth was an NBC Page, worked at NBC News in New York, taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania, taught journalism at a community college in New Orleans, and was a reporter at a number of small to mid-sized newspapers including The Riverdale Press before she began writing books.
Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. The cover of the book is so cute. Just tell us what your favorite coffee drink if. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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