cover image Significant Others

Significant Others

Zoë Eisenberg. Mira, $28.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7783-6966-0

The moving debut from Eisenberg finds two 30-something best friends reexamining their bond after one of them gets pregnant. Jess, a real estate agent in Hawaii, is the more organized of the two, taking comfort in the transactional nature of her interactions with others. Her roommate, Ren, on the other hand, is as unreliable as a “phone on the nightstand with three percent battery and no alarm set.” The two met as freshmen at the University of Hawai‘i and their lives have been interwoven since. Now, Ren craves a reprieve from her stagnant life as a bartender and fitness instructor in Honolulu. When she unexpectedly gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a tourist named Quincy, she and Jess decide to co-parent with Quincy’s help, now that he’s coincidentally decided to move there. As the friends’ relationship takes on new terms, the story builds to a crisis point involving a betrayal. The once inseparable twosome must decide if it’s one more storm they weather together, or if their lives are headed in different directions. Eisenberg offers a well-honed glimpse at an unconventional family and the obstacles to growing up. Agent: Abby Walters, CAA. (Feb.)