cover image Everything After

Everything After

Jill Santopolo. Putnam, $26 (336) ISBN 978-0-593-08696-4

A woman must choose between two men—one who reminds her of long-forgotten dreams and another who sees her for the accomplished woman she’s grown to be—in this profound contemporary romance from Santopolo (More Than Words). New York City therapist Emily Gold and her husband, Ezra, are cautiously optimistic when they discover that Emily is pregnant with their long-awaited first child. But when Emily miscarries, Ezra can’t bear to face his grief and throws himself into his work, leaving Emily to deal with her own despair alone. What Ezra doesn’t know is that Emily miscarried once before, 13 years ago in an accident that also ended her promising music career and relationship with her college boyfriend, Rob Barnes. As Emily works through her trauma, she hears Rob’s new song on the radio and realizes that it’s about her. The pair reconnect and Emily rediscovers her passion for music—but can she find a way to mesh her past dreams with her present reality? Santopolo crafts an unconventional but realistic love triangle by celebrating her characters’ flaws and grounding the story in earnest emotion. This moving tale is sure to entice. Agent: Miriam Altshuler, DeFiore and Company. (Mar.)