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If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

Judy Chicurel

5 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A beautifully evocative portrait of a tight-knit community on Long Island during the summer of 1972' Observer - not to be missed by readers of Alice Hoffman and Jennifer Egan.

Katie has been hanging around Comanche Street for three years and there are still times when it feels like she is watching a movie starring everyone in the world, except her.

Through sun-kissed days by the ocean and hazy nights in drifter bars, through love and death and pain, while the Vietnam war rages distantly and yet disturbingly close, she yearns to belong and never dreams that all the others want is to escape.

Night after night, they wait for something to happen.

It's summer, and anything is possible . . .

A powerful coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Alice Hoffman and Melissa Banks.

* Author interview included

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Praise for If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

  • 'A really wonderful book that will capture your heart and occupy your thoughts' - SUNDAY MIRROR

  • Raw, nostalgic, utterly compelling and very, very cool... A mind-blowingly impressive debut

  • 'Tender and brave storytelling' - GRAZIA

  • Despite the dark sides, If I Knew is gorgeous and thoughtful; a compelling, wonderful look at a particular point in time - EMERALD STREET

  • Beautifully evocative - Observer

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Judy Chicurel

Judy Chicurel grew up in Long Beach, Long Island. Her work has appeared in national, regional and international publications including the New York Times, Granta, and Newsday. Her plays have been produced and performed in Manhattan and India. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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