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When Katie Met Cassidy
By (author): Camille Perri
9780735212824 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jun 04, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.26 x 0.63 in 288 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
“A film-ready rom-com about finding love when you least expect it.”—Elle

“My favorite romantic book of recent memory.”—Emma Straub

“The delightful, sexy, queer rom-com of the summer…[with] all the makings of a Nora Ephron classic.”—Vogue

*One of NPR’s Best Books of 2018*

*One of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018*

From the acclaimed author of The Assistants comes a delightful romantic comedy about falling in love—and finding yourself—in the heart of New York City.


When it comes to Cassidy, Katie can’t think straight.

Katie Daniels, a twenty-eight-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man’s suit. While at first Katie doesn’t know what to think, a chance meeting later that night leads them both to the Metropolis, a dimly lit lesbian dive bar that serves as Cassidy’s second home.

The night offers straight-laced Katie a glimpse into a wild yet fiercely tight-knit community, one in which barrooms may as well be bedrooms, and loyal friends fill in the spaces absent families leave behind. And in Katie, Cassidy finds a chance to open her heart in new ways. Soon their undeniable chemistry will push each woman to confront what she thinks she deserves—and what it is she truly wants.

Story Locale: New York City

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED HARDCOVER: When Katie Met Cassidy has been praised everywhere from Glamour to The New York Times Book Review, TheSkimm to NPR.org, and has been beloved by mainstream and queer media alike. As rom-coms have always sold best at the paperback price point, we are poised for this to be a must-read summer paperback.

BELOVED AND WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR WITH GOOD PAPERBACK TRACK: Camille Perri has contacts throughout the publishing industry at many major media outlets, from her time as a librarian, as a ghost writer for Alloy, and as a books editor at Esquire and Cosmopolitan, and her debut novel The Assistants has made her a consumer favorite—it was featured as a Best Book of 2016 on Refinery29, PopSugar, and Cosmo.com, and by the New York Times Book Review’s Paperback Row. Perri’s many fans will eagerly support this new paperback release.

TIMELY AND RELEVANT SUBJECT MATTER: This novel challenges the tropes of the stereoptypical rom-com, and showcases female sexuality in a way that not only highlights it but celebrates it. With the rise of shows such as Broad City and Girls, which give women and their desires more value and agency than is often otherwise depicted, it is clear that people want to read about women breaking down societal norms and going after what they want.

COMPULSIVELY READABLE: Perri’s prose is always quick, hilarious, whip-smart, and on point while it takes on social issues with honesty and freshness. This is summer reading at its finest.

FILM OPTION FOR THE ASSISTANTS: Film rights have been sold to Cold Iron Pictures, with Perri signed on to write the screenplay.

Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University, where she majored in English and gender and sexuality studies, and a masters of library science degree from Queens College. Perri lives in Brooklyn with her partner.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

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“As timeless, warm, and funny as When Harry Met Sally.”—Elisabeth Egan, Glamour

“The delightful, sexy, queer rom-com novel of the summer…One doesn’t have to be queer to fall in love [with] a queer love story.”—Vogue.com

“Set against the twinkling backdrop of New York City with an unforgettable cast of queer supporting characters, this vibrant novel feels like it’s just waiting for a big-screen adaptation.”—Buzzfeed

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