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Louis & Louise

Julie Cohen

6 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A moving and thought-provoking novel from literary rising star Julie Cohen, about one life, lived twice. How different can it be?

'Not often does a story remind us of what beautifully complex creatures we are. Julie Cohen has given us that rare gift.' Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

*Fabulous pick for 2019's Best Books* *Woman & Home Pick of the Month* *Good Housekeeping Book of the Month* *Emerald Street January's Best Books* *Stylist 2019's Hottest Books* *THE POOL Recommended Books 2019*

*****

ONE LIFE. LIVED TWICE.

Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final 'e'.

They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.

Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.

A tender, insightful and timely novel about the things that bring us together - and those which separate us, from the author of Richard & Judy recommended book Together

*****

'Elegant, thoughtful and powerful' Daisy Buchanan

'Hugely original and heartbreakingly real' Rosie Walsh

'Fierce, intricate and intriguing' Fanny Blake

'A timely read that will stay with you long after you put it down' Libby Page

'Louis and Louise is Julie Cohen at her absolute best. So cleverly done and authentic, and you feel as if you live in the town with the characters and have been in the story with them.' A J Pearce, author of DEAR MRS BIRD

'Louis & Louise is moving and beautiful, but it will also make you wonder and question, and it will stretch out your thinking so very beautifully' Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP

'What a brave, warm and wise book this is. I loved it' Tamar Cohen, author of THE BROKEN

'Beautifully written and thought-provoking' Kate Eberlen, author of MISS YOU

'A cobweb of a book: beautifully intricate and delicate' Veronica Henry

'Wow. What a beautiful, ballsy and brilliant book' Sinead Moriarty

'A beautifully written, heartbreaking and important novel about gender, self, family and, ultimately, love' Claire Frost, reviewer

*****

A perfect bookclub read for anyone who has enjoyed Celeste Ng, Kate Atkinson and Anne Tyler.

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Praise for Louis & Louise

  • Not often does a story remind us of what beautifully complex creatures we are. Julie Cohen has given us that rare gift

  • In this fascinating novel, Cohen explores the paths taken by Louis and Louise, which run almost parallel until a life-changing event on the night of Lou's high school graduation. It's a poignant look at how our gender can determine the way we are treated and the knock-on effects that can have, even if all the other circumstances of our lives are exactly the same - Emerald Street

  • Poignant and heartfelt - PRIMA

  • Tender and thought-provoking - Woman & Home

  • A timely read that will stay with you long after you put it down

  • Louis and Louise is Julie Cohen at her absolute best. So cleverly done and authentic, and you feel as if you live in the town with the characters and have been in the story with them.

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Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen studied at Brown University, earning a summa cum laude degree with honours in English. She moved to the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Reading and this was followed by a career teaching English at secondary level. She has written twenty books, including the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Dear Thing. She lives with her husband, a guitar tech for rock bands, and their son in Berkshire, where she writes full time.

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