Title: Next Year, For Sure
Author: Zoey Leigh Peterson
Pages: 244 Pages
In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love.
After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another’s sentences, and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. But, as content as they are together, an enduring loneliness continues to haunt the dark corners of their relationship. When Chris tells Kathryn about his feelings for Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the Laundromat, Kathryn encourages her boyfriend to pursue this other woman—certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather a little side dalliance.
Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory, and often very funny year that follows. When Chris’s romance with Emily evolves beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily’s communal home, where Kathryn will discover new possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions, and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris are forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love.
Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey Leigh Paterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require.
I can honestly say that I have never read a novel that had an open relationship at the heart of it. Open relationships is the crux of Next Year, For Sure – a quirky tale of love gone stale. It follows the longevity of Kathryn and Chris’s relationship but along with longevity has come a stagnant, boring and safe union. When Chris starts having feelings for another girl the relationship between Chris and Kathryn (along with those around them) unfolds.
I don’t know how I feel about Next Year, For Sure. I enjoyed reading it and got through it in one sitting but I don’t know if the topic of the novel made me uncomfortable (I didn’t think so at the time of reading) but normally if I finish a book in one sitting it is because I am completely immersed in the book and usually I want to live in that world and be friends with the characters. I don’t think I felt that way about Next Year, For Sure.
I know that I enjoyed Next Year, For Sure but I cannot articulate why.
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