A MESMERIZING DEBUT NOVEL ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN, HAUNTED BY LOSS, WHO REDISCOVERS PASSION AND POSSIBILITY WHEN SHE'S DRAWN INTO THE TANGLED LIVES OF HER NEIGHBORS
Five years after her young husband’s death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another’s privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered—through violence and sex, in turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy.
Amy Grace Loyd investigates interior spaces of the body and the New York warrens in which her characters live, offering a startling emotional honesty about the traffic between men and women. The Affairs of Others is a story about the irrepressibility of life and desire, no matter the sorrows or obstacles.
"For first-time novelist Amy Grace Loyd, an apartment building is not simply housing. It is also a metaphor for the paradoxical isolation and proximity we feel among others... With forceful, sensual prose (the author is captivated by the scents of people and places), Loyd allows Celia to discover that 'life had as many gains as losses as long as we were willing to tally them.'"-Amy Fine Collins, O, The Oprah Magazine
"[Loyd's] debut is both provocative and intelligent."
"In her debut novel, The Affairs of Others, Amy Grace Loyd has created a protagonist who is at once enigmatic, shy, aloof and erotic, passionate and sexually reckless."
-Valerie Ryan (owner of Cannon Beach Book Company), Shelf Awareness
"Debut novels don't come any more sure-handed and deftly written than The Affairs of Others. But it's damaged, broken-hearted Celia, Amy Grace Loyd's brave, all-in protagonist, who latches on to us and refuses to loosen her grip."
"The Affairs of Others is a wonderful novel, beautifully written and sensuous, rich with emotion and psychological truth. Amy Grace Loyd's prose hums with desire as she creates a Brooklyn walk-up that comes alive with the yearning of its tenants, and moves them toward an unforgettable ending-suspenseful, erotic and ultimately hopeful."
-Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
"Rich and fresh. The writing is just so wonderfully good... Throughout there are sentences to linger over, or for me to grin at with envy.... Loyd has written a Rear Window story of a confined society described with Hitchcockian, voyeuristic detail."
-Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
"Hypnotic, beautiful, and dangerously erotic, this book trembles with feeling, every sentence a breath, every sentence a seismographic wonder of observation. Scuba-diving once, I watched minute sea-grass oscillate with the motion of the sea, and this is how I think of the narrator of this magnificent novel-she sways with every movement of the world, both interior and exterior, registering it all, and always you wonder, with an aching heart, what will become of her?"
-Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!
"An uncommonly accomplished first novel. Beautifully written, suspenseful and often disturbing, The Affairs of Others is a profound meditation on urban loneliness."
-Jennifer Haigh, author of Faith
"Watch this one."
-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (Fall Fiction Previews)
"An unsettling, darkly tinged debut."
-Michael Cader, Publishers Lunch
"The Affairs of Others is a deft, cinematic take on privacy and trespass. Look forward to watching it soar this fall."
-Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades (on Twitter, June 3 2013)
"An intimate portrayal of the walls erected by a woman after her husband's death... Loyd's character study is narrow in scope but long on intensity and emotion."
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August 27, 2013
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