One perfect night. Forty years of buried hurt. One chance to make it right. Can the past ever be fixed? With humor, heart, and grace, USA Today bestselling author Juliette Fay delivers an immensely satisfying page-turner, perfect for fans of Josie Silver and Jojo Moyes.
“I’m wondering if we can be friends again.”
When fifty-eight-year-old Helen Spencer reviews her life, what she sees are the mistakes. Over the years, things seemed to go sideways incrementally, one little wrong decision at a time. She can even pinpoint where it all started to go awry: a wonderous, romantic night in the woods her senior year of high school with a boy named Cal Crosby. A night she would soon work hard to forget.
Forty years, one marriage, three children, and one grandbaby later, suddenly there he is—Cal Crosby!—right in front of her with grandchildren of his own in tow. The chance to finally get some answers and sort out what happened is within reach. But Helen would much prefer to keep that night and all the fury, hurt, and sorrow that followed tightly locked away where she doesn’t have to face it.
Cal Crosby, however, is ready to talk. He has no idea of the can of worms he’s about to open. In fact, he doesn’t know the half of it.
A warm, poignant, propulsive novel about settling the past, rekindling lost friendships, and discovering love when you least expect it.
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“Witty, tender, beautifully written, I loved being immersed in this powerful story of loss and forgiveness.”
—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Meant to Be
“Imbued with her trademark warmth and wit, The Half of It by Juliette Fay is a gorgeously written stunner of a novel.”
—Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools
“Juliette Fay reminds us in this touching and timeless novel that it is never too late to show yourself what it means to love and be loved.”
“Once again, Fay delivers a highly satisfying read.”
—Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of In An Instant
“Fans of Anna Quindlen who enjoy expressive stories of human connection will enjoy this novel.”
“A playbook for restoring broken relationships and forging ahead with the grace and humor we gain as we age.”
—Lian Dolan, LA Times bestselling author of Lost and Found in Paris and The Sweeney Sisters
“With humor, hope, and wisdom, Fay navigates the layers of family and friendship, the great loves we lose, the imperfect marriages we manage with grace, and the unexpected miracles that will astonish us.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, international bestselling author of Waisted
“Recommended for fans of heartwarming and moving relationship fiction and authors such as Kristan Higgins, Katherine Heiny, and Amy Poeppel.”