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The Other's Gold Paperback – 28 April 2020

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pushkin (28 April 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1911590324
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1911590323
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.5 x 2.9 x 13.5 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A sharply-drawn portrait of a lifelong friendship . . . charts the complex, ever-shifting topography of this 'chosen family'-and illuminates the ways our closest friends sustain us over the course of our lives. -- Celeste Ng, bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU and LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

A gorgeous book, compulsively readable, so full of texture and heartache, so bruised and beautiful -- Jesmyn Ward, New York Times bestselling author of SING, UNBURIED, SING and SALVAGE THE BONES

A near-perfect novel --one of the most immersive, unsettling books I've read in a long, long time. For hours after I finished it, the book felt realer to me than my own life did . . . I was devastated by it. I loved it. -- Kristen Roupenian, author of YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS: 'CAT PERSON' AND OTHER STORIES

This is the best debut I've read since Homefire and evokes Prep and A Little Life. I read 365 pages in one day, giving up TV and residing in the world Ames created. It's an incredible, devastating, beautiful book. -- Jamie Klinger ― iPaper

Addictive . . . This novel will resonate with anyone who guards an inner circle forged in dorm rooms and dining halls ― Vogue (US)

It's a story of fizzing friendships and tenacious women, put to the test by each other's foibles and ferocity ― Dazed

The Other's Gold is just the immersive read to lose yourself in with women behaving badly and, in ways, we all will recognise ― Stylist

It's an ode to the turmoil and joy of female friendship, and the perfect book to read with your friends ― Bustle

The Other's Gold is as beautifully written and epic in scope as A Little Life, but featuring women characters ― Refinery29

Explores the changing bonds of four college friends as the mistakes they make later in life threaten to either deteriorate or strengthen their relationship ― InStyle

The debut novel of the season, The Other's Gold reads like an origin story for the women of Big Little Lies ― Elle, Books of the Year

I found it hard to tear myself away from this book as it was so immersive and the characters' rich inner-lives were captured so viscerally -- Heloise Wood ― The Bookseller

As first-year students at the prestigious Quincy-Hawthorn College, four suitemates are thrown together and enter into an intensely close friendship. . . . Written in a deft omniscient narration . . . the novel sharpens when the women come into independent adulthood, and though the structure emphasizes the sameness of their transgressions-the way all of us will cross lines for morally complicated reasons-the characters finally bloom into vibrant individuality. ― Kirkus

Debut author Ames delicately weaves together a story dedicated to the intensity of friendship....Dealing with issues of guilt, pain, and the realistic, ruthless hardships of life, THE OTHER'S GOLD shows that friends will stay by your side, if you let them fully in. Excellent for fans of Celeste Ng and Kristan Higgins. ― Booklist

Exploring the sensual, visceral and horror-filled experiences of being female while never abandoning the love Ames has for her characters, The Other's Gold is smart and provocative, satisfying and unforgettable . . . Elizabeth Ames brings a bright, sharp lens to a story of friendship among women that will keep readers up long past their bedtime. ― Shelf Awareness

A powerful story of the bonds we form... I felt like these women were my friends and was devastated that my time in their world eventually came to a (rewarding) end ― Marie Claire, 19 Best Beach Reads

About the Author

Elizabeth Ames is a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program, where she won the Hopwood Award. Her short stories have appeared in Ninth Letter and Third Coast. She currently lives in a Harvard dormitory with her husband, toddler, and a few hundred undergraduates. This is her first novel.

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