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The People We Keep

By Allison Larkin
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Publisher Description

BOOK RIOT’S BEST BOOKS OF 2021

“This is a novel of great empathy, about connections and coming-of-age, built families and self-acceptance. It contains heartbreak and redemption, and a plucky, irresistible protagonist…[A] propulsive, empathetic novel.” —Shelf Awareness

Little River, New York, 1994: April Sawicki is living in a motorless motorhome that her father won in a poker game. Failing out of school, picking up shifts at a local diner, she’s left fending for herself in a town where she’s never quite felt at home. When she “borrows” her neighbor’s car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life could be much bigger than where she came from. After a fight with her dad, April packs her stuff and leaves for good, setting off on a journey to find a life that’s all hers.

Driving without a chosen destination, she stops to rest in Ithaca. Her only plan is to survive, but as she looks for work, she finds a kindred sense of belonging at Cafe Decadence, the local coffee shop. Still, somehow, it doesn’t make sense to her that life could be this easy. The more she falls in love with her friends in Ithaca, the more she can’t shake the feeling that she’ll hurt them the way she’s been hurt. As April moves through the world, meeting people who feel like home, she chronicles her life in the songs she writes and discovers that where she came from doesn’t dictate who she has to be.

This lyrical, luminous tale “is both a profound love letter to creative resilience and a reminder that sometimes even tragedy can be a kind of blessing” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author).

181 Reviews

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Loudly Crying Face“This book is heartbreaking in every way. I didn’t want to like it and honestly if Larkin hadn’t tied it up the way she did at the end, I still wouldn’t have. April’s character makes me want to grieve all the children like her who really don’t have a chance unless someone makes a point to grab her, help her, and refuse to let her go.”
Likable charactersEasy to readHeartbreakingRealistic settingMade me cryCharacters kept making same mistakes
Slightly Smiling Face“Loved this!”
HeartbreakingRealistic setting
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersAddictiveComplexRealistic settingComing of ageMeaningfulCharacters kept making same mistakes
Expressionless Face“So boring”
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Likable charactersEasy to readCharacters kept making same mistakes

About Allison Larkin

Allison Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels StayWhy Can’t I Be You, and Swimming for Sunlight. Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship and Author in Progress. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, Jeremy, and their fearful, faithful German Shepherd, Stella.

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