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Rachel Incident

Rachel Incident

Andrea says: A coming of age story that I could relate to. Working in shops, in bars, graduating late, getting caught by love, and feeling out-of-control, are all things I remember from a time in my 20s. Funny, poignant, and heartfelt, The Rachel Incident is a great read.

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK: VOGUE, ELECTRIC LIT, SHE READS - FEATURED AS A SUMMER READING PICK BY GOOP, NEW YORK POST, NYLON, SCARY MOMMY, AND NEWSDAY - A brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in chaos, and a young woman desperately trying to manage all three


"If you've ever been unsure what to do with your degree in English; if you've ever wondered when the rug-buying part of your life will start...if you've ever loved the wrong person, or the right person at the wrong time...In short, if you've ever been young, you will love The Rachel Incident like I did." --Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times best-selling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow


Rachel is a student working at a bookstore when she meets James, and it's love at first sight. Effervescent and insistently heterosexual, James soon invites Rachel to be his roommate and the two begin a friendship that changes the course of both their lives forever. Together, they run riot through the streets of Cork city, trying to maintain a bohemian existence while the threat of the financial crash looms before them.


When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr. Fred Byrne, James helps her devise a reading at their local bookstore, with the goal that she might seduce him afterwards. But Fred has other desires. So begins a series of secrets and compromises that intertwine the fates of James, Rachel, Fred, and Fred's glamorous, well-connected, bourgeois wife. Aching with unrequited love, shot through with delicious, sparkling humor, The Rachel Incident is a triumph.

Publication Date: 
June 27, 2023
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