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“If you liked The Girl on the Train, read The Last September, a literary whodunit set on Cape Cod, weaving a murder mystery with the emotionally intense story of a fraying marriage.”—Newsday

“Impossible to put down . . . With an artist’s eye and a poet’s heart, de Gramont realizes a world of love, mystery, and the shattering sorrow of mental illness, deceit, hope, and lives cut short.” —Library Journal, starred review

Brett has been in love with her husband, Charlie, from the day she laid eyes on him in college. When he is found murdered, Brett is devastated. But if she is honest with herself, their marriage had been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

All clues point to Charlie’s mentally ill brother, Eli, but any number of people might have been driven to kill Charlie–a handsome, charismatic man who unwittingly damaged almost every life he touched. Brett is determined to understand how such a tragedy could have happened–and whether she was somehow complicit.

Set in the desolate autumn beauty of Cape Cod, this riveting emotional puzzle explores the psyche of a woman facing down the meaning of love and loyalty


"With an artist's eye and a poet's heart, de Gramont realizes a world of love, mystery, and the shattering sorrow of mental illness, deceit, hope, and lives cut short. Impossible to put down."—Library Journal

“Nina De Gramont’s The Last September portrays an immediately gripping world of secrets, trauma, and conflicting loyalties.  Spanning mental illness, the meaning of family, and the lengths we go to for love, this novel begs to be read in a single sitting. . . A literary novel of both suspense and emotion, this flashback-filled murder mystery has broad appeal.”—Foreword Reviews

“"A moody murder mystery . . . .De Gramont's (Gossip of the Starlings, 2008, etc.) latest boasts lovely, understated writing, sharply drawn settings—Boulder, Amherst, and Cape Cod—and, once again, characters who are irresistibly attractive, flawed, and dangerous.. . . But it is also an emotionally intense study of how a transcendent love becomes a fraying marriage. . . A fine literary whodunit from an accomplished storyteller." –Kirkus Reviews

“Nina de Gramont writes excellent characters and a dazzling storyline involving mental illness, family, infidelity, relationships, love and murder. The Last September is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a masterful mediation on relationships.”—Entertainment Realm

“A convincing and suspenseful novel, well-written,  precise,  and poignant in its depiction of human nature in  dire distress.” —Sheila Kohler, author of Dreaming for Freud

“Brilliant rendering of love story, murder mystery, pitch-perfect study of horrific 'ordinary' mental illness, and that rare coming of age novel that deals with adults, who actually do come of age in the most difficult ways. I was hooked by the first paragraph, which somehow contains all the beautiful, luminous grief of the whole story, and I truly did not want to let it go in the end.” --Brad Watson, author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

The Last September is a wonderful, glowing book populated by characters that become a part of your life long after the last page has been turned. It is the type of novel writers admire and readers long for.” —Jason Mott, author of The Returned

Meet the author

Photo Credit: Paul Blackmore

Nina de Gramont is the author of the collection Of Cats and Men, which was a Book Sense selection and won a Discovery Award from the New England Booksellers Association. Her fiction has appeared in Seventeen, Nerve, the Harvard Review, Post Road Magazine, and Exquisite Corpse. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.