I chose this title as my staff pick when it was published in hardcover but perhaps the price was a deterrent. Now that Versions of Us is in paperback I am renewing my praise for this amazing first novel. Laura Barnett has written a smart, entertaining and ultimately extremely moving novel of how the choices made create the life and how a slightly different choice may lead to another life. Versions of Us posits three different roads diverging from a single chance meeting between a young man and woman. The roads are different, the love is real and the disappointments are real as well.
“This is a lovely debut that swept me along with the story of two people destined to be together after one chance meeting in college. From there, Bennett presents three different versions of their story, and readers see the next decades played out through the couple's eyes. Each story is different, yet features the same players, and each does not turn out as expected. This is a thoughtful and touching novel about love, expectations, and forgiveness.”
— Kelly Estep (E), Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
#1 UK Bestseller
"A joy." -- Guardian
"Enchanting." -- People
"Triumphant." -- Sunday Telegraph
"Stunningly crafted and constantly surprising . . . An utterly convincing love story about two people destined to be together somehow, no matter what." -- Times
"One Day meets Sliding Doors." -- Elle
A dazzling novel about the ways the smallest decisions give shape to our lives, The Versions of Us charts a relationship through three possible futures.
Cambridge, 1958. Late for class, Eva Edelstein swerves to miss a dog and crashes her bike. Jim Taylor hurries to help her. In that brief moment, three outcomes are born for Eva and Jim. As the strands of their lives weave together and apart across the decades from college through wildly different successes and disappointments, seductions and betrayals, births and funerals, joys and sorrows, the only constant is the power of their connection. TheVersions of Us is a tour de force of storytelling.
"Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose -- a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book in which you don't have to choose." -- Observer
"One of the most engrossing novels either of us has read in years." --Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy Book Club
"I simply adored this wonderful novel." -- Jessie Burton, author of The Muse and The Miniaturist