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The Versions of Us
by Laura Barnett

Published: 2017-04-18
Paperback : 432 pages
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#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
 
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#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

 

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Puncture

Cambridge, October 1958

Later, Eva will think, If it hadn’t been for that rusty nail, Jim and I would never have met.

The thought will slip into her mind, fully formed, with a force that will snatch her breath. She’ll lie still, watching the light slide around the curtains, considering the precise angle of her tyre on the rutted grass; the nail itself, old and crooked; the small dog, snouting the verge, failing to heed the sound of gear and tyre. She had swerved to miss him, and her tyre had met the rusty nail. How easy—?how much more probable —?would it have been for none of these things to happen? ... view entire excerpt...

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