The Way We Weren’t by Phoebe Fox
Published: November 9, 2021 – Berkley Trade
Content courtesy of the publisher
An unlikely friendship between a septuagenarian and a younger woman becomes a story of broken trust, lost love, and the unexpected blooming of hope against the longest odds.
“You trying to kill yourself, or are you just stupid?”
Marcie Malone didn’t think she was either, but when she drives from Georgia to the southwestern shore of Florida without a plan and wakes up in a stranger’s home, she doesn’t seem to know anymore. Despondent and heartbroken over an unexpected loss and the man she thought she could count on, Marcie leaves him behind, along with her job and her whole life, and finds she has nowhere to go.
Herman Flint has seen just about everything in his seventy years living in a fading, blue-collar Florida town, but the body collapsed on the beach outside his window is something new. The woman is clearly in some kind of trouble and Flint wants no part of it—he’s learned to live on his own just fine, without the hassle of worrying about others. But against his better judgment he takes Marcie in and lets her stay until she’s on her feet on the condition she keeps out of his way.
As the unlikely pair slowly copes with the damage life has wrought, Marcie and Flint have to decide whether to face up to the past they’ve each been running from, and find a way to move forward with the people they care about most.
About the author:
Phoebe Fox is the author of the Breakup Doctor series (The Breakup Doctor, Bedside Manners, Heart Conditions, Out of Practice) and has been a contributor or regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications, including the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and SheKnows. A former actor on stage and screen, Phoebe has been dangled from wires as a mall fairy; was accidentally concussed by a blank gun; and hosted a short-lived game show. She has been a relationship columnist; a movie, theater, and book reviewer; and a radio personality, and currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.
Photo credit: Korey Howell
11 thoughts on “Release Day Spotlight: The Way We Weren’t”
I’m looking forward to this as well. I recall we both loved her last book: A Little Bit of Grace.
Yes, I really liked that book.
Now I am definitely intrigued! Thanks for sharing.
Will post a review next week!
I was going to read the book just based on the cover (yes, I’m a cover snob and this book has a beautiful one. Then I read the description and it sealed the deal. I like the I’m adding this to my list!
One of my favorite covers this year!
As you probably know, I love the beach. This cover is beautiful!
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Oh dear! I read the blurb and now I want to read it!! It sure sounds interesting, and look forward to what Herman Flint does eventually.
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The title caught my attention but the blurb definitely sold me. This sounds fantastic! I love books about friendship especially when it’s multi-generational.
This sounds interesting! I like reading about unusual friendships and having been through a nasty break-up myself, I could have done with befriending a Herman a few years ago. Thanks for the review!
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