To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th, we’re offering our devoted fans a chance to win one of three copies of Shirley Abbott’s novel, The Future of Love. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.
Set in New York in 2001, Abbott’s debut novel invites us into the lives of good people grappling with the hard choices and the sacrifices they must make to find love. Like a contemporary Edith Wharton, Shirley Abbott exposes the inner lives and the tangled relationships of eight characters—before and after the tragedy of September 11th—and forces both her characters and her readers to see the world in a new way.
Abbott allows us to see the possibility of happiness even as the city itself is tested. With humor and profound empathy, she has crafted a novel that runs deep into the heart of our need for commitment from friends, lovers, and family.
A “wise, funny, generous first novel … [Abbott] elegantly weaves together her lovers’ stories. She deftly pokes fun at what we call morality. She allows her characters to be both lovable and ugly.”—New York Times Book Review
An “impressive first novel … Abbott’s nuanced take on New York after the fall is spot-on, reminding us that love is about survival as well as loss.”—People
“A romantic roundelay that … swirls around a fabulous part: an adulterous former radical swept into a passionate affair.”—Washington Post
A “shrewdly observed yet touching love song to New York City … A book as mellow and complex as good wine.”—Body & Soul
“A shrewd, polished comedy of manners … [A] witty yet weighty tale … Abbott opens windows onto all that changes and all that remains the same in love, marriage, class, race, and family life, and considers truth as both a weapon and a key to liberation.”—Booklist, starred review
“Abbott shows us love at its silliest and at its most splendid, the eight characters at their most selfish and noblest. Her novel is the real thing.” –Susan Isaacs