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Almost Missed You: A Novel
by Jessica Strawser

Published: 2017-03-28
Hardcover : 320 pages
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"Almost Missed You is a skillful, insightful debut: a deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable." --Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Sandcastle Girls and ...

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"Almost Missed You is a skillful, insightful debut: a deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable." --Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Sandcastle Girls and Midwives

"Almost Missed You is an emotional powerhouse of a novel." ?Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain

"In Almost Missed You, debut author Jessica Strawser meticulously weaves together a kidnapped child, friends in turmoil, and a Craigslist ad into a tangled web of secrets, lies, and unexpected alliances. This heart-breaking page-turner will make you question how well you really know everyone you hold dear." --Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

"Jessica Strawser has expertly woven a tale of a marriage in crisis with elements of daring, danger, mystery, and secrets that will surprise and delight you...Glorious!" --Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens

"Jessica Strawser writes from the heart." --New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

"Almost Missed You is compelling fiction from a brave new voice." --Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield

Jessica Strawser's Almost Missed You is a page turning story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

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Violet couldn’t remember the last time she’d felt so at peace. She almost felt guilty admitting this to herself as there had been so many moments to treasure in the three years since Bear was born. Becoming a mother had been many things—often indescribably rewarding, occasionally stupefying, sometimes even terrifying in the intensity of the love she felt for someone so small and vulnerable and dependent upon her—but relaxing was not one of them. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. We seem to put a lot of emphasis on the stories of how
couples meet—husbands and wives find themselves fielding
this question even after they’ve been together for most of
their lives. Why do you think that is?

2. At pivotal moments, Violet and Finn think similar thoughts,
but in different contexts. In Chapters 1 and 13, they
separately reflect on their odds of getting together, and
express that they can’t believe their luck. In Chapters 17
and 18, both feel that they have “never been so sure”—
and “never been so wrong.” How do these echoes serve to
highlight how well matched and/or mismatched they are?

3. Caitlin and Finn have, by most accounts, a platonic
friendship—something many people consider rare or even
impossible. In what ways is their relationship meaningful?
In what ways is it unhealthy? Do you think there may have
been more to it than was ever revealed on the page?

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by Summer C. (see profile) 10/08/20

  "Family Secrets"by Debbie B. (see profile) 06/25/18

This book was about 2 families intertwined by a college friendship. One family is faced with a unexplainable crime where the culprit interacts and is blackmailing a member of the other family so that... (read more)

  "Loses momentum"by Deborah P. (see profile) 02/21/18

The deep dark secrets turn out not to be so deep and dark but rather troubles people normally go through. It wasn't the huge surprise drama that I thought it would be. The ending sort of petered out....although... (read more)

by Jackie D. (see profile) 07/22/17

  "Emotional story"by liz p. (see profile) 06/15/17

Finn and Violet are star crossed lovers who finally connect. Then Finn does the unthinkable. It is a story of lies, secrets and deceit and a mother's love.
The first half of the book does
... (read more)

  "OK BOOK"by Tami B. (see profile) 05/06/17

Interesting read, somewhat slow at times. Our book club had a lively discussion, however. We had all hoped for better character development, but overall, it was an easy read.

  "lots of secrets and lies"by ELIZABETH V. (see profile) 11/17/16

Just last evening an alarm sounded on my iPhone, signaling another Amber alert of a child abduction, probably a parental kidnapping. That is the main subject of ALMOST MISSED YOU. Violet’s... (read more)

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