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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
A Novel
By (author): Josie Silver
9780593135914 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Mar 02, 2021
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.15 x 7.97 x 0.82 in | 0.62 lb 416 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick One Day in December…

“I read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in a single sitting. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us.”—Jodi Picoult


Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.

Story Locale: London, UK

Publication History: Ballantine Books HC (3/20)

BESTSELLING AND HIGHLY PRAISED AUTHOR: Josie Silver’s US debut, One Day in December, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a Reese’s Book Club pick, and received glowing praise from the AP (“A captivating read”), USA Today (“An unmistakable winner”), Us Weekly (“A must-read”), Bustle (“The perfect cold weather rom-com”) and more.

UNIVERSAL LOVE STORY: Propulsive, moving, and ultimately satisfying.

RELATABLE, LOVABLE HEROINE: Lydia is warm, vulnerable, and extremely accessible in her sadness, wondering whether fate has really given her “the one.” She brings both gravity and levity to the otherwise singular experience of grief and of doubt.

RANDOM HOUSE BOOK CLUB SELECTION WITH GUIDE INSIDE: There’s plenty of room to debate impossible, high-stakes choices, between what is and what could be.

Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Silver lives in a small town in the UK with her husband, their sons, and an ever-changing cast of animals.

Author Residence: Wolverhampton, UK

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Publicity: New in paperback

National media attention

“A dreamy love story . . . a moving story of grief and finding one’s way back.”People
 
“Impossibly romantic.”Cosmopolitan
  
“A novel that will make you laugh, cry, and think about the precious gift of being in love.”Today online
 
“Bursting with wit and charm . . . heart-wrenching yet hope-filled.”Woman’s World

“Another irresistible love story.”The Skimm
 
“Captivating.”—HelloGiggles

“Silver strikes gold for a second time with this tale…[and] delivers an ending that’s as rewarding as it is revelatory.”—Electric Literature

“As much a meditation on healing after loss as it is a gently developed love story.”Booklist (starred review)

“Through lush prose, expert plotting, and richly imagined characters, Silver offers an achingly real portrait of grief transposed with the character’s intoxicating parallel universe. This will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.”Publishers Weekly

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird offers wit in abundance, deeply satisfying characterization, and a mega-dose of heart. What a journey these characters take, and what magic this author uses to bring each of them alive. Josie Silver is fresh, insightful, and daring. Her voice is one of rising strength in women’s fiction today.”—Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Salt Air

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