I Couldn't Love You More
By Jillian Medoff
(5 Spot, Paperback, 9780446584623, 432pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom.
Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . .
Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves.
Jillian Medoff attended Barnard College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. A former fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Jillian has taught at NYU and the University of Georgia.
"Four stars. Dazzling...hilarious and heart-wrenching."
"A daringly sympathetic portrait of a stepmother forced to make an impossible choice."
"Fun, smart and warmhearted..."
"Medoff's talent for characterization is evident in her latest novel, a richly layered tale about that complicated thing called family...[Her] fully realized novel beautifully explores the most important relationships we create: as parent, as sibling, as spouse."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Medoff produces another fallible, witty, realistic heroine with whom readers will identify. Eliot's biased and evolving narration brings the characters to life in this gripping story of personal growth. By turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, Medoff's honest writing and realistic dialogue make the book truly enjoyable, while a Sophie's Choice moment and its repercussions make it a real page-turner."
"Every woman has one: the guy who got away. So what happens when he walks into your life again? If you were happy before-can you still make that claim? The choices we make-and the ones we don't make-form the backbone of Jillian Medoff's wonderful novel. These are characters you know, or might even have been, and their trials and tribulations are by turn devastating, hilarious, and painfully familiar."
-Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Sing You Home and House Rules
"I Couldn't Love You More might look like fluffy summer fun-- and it is fun, witty, and big-hearted-- but it is also a thoughtful examination of the choices we make and the devastating prices we pay."
-Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of The Next Best Thing
"I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE is a sheer pleasure to read. Boasting clear, beautiful writing and characters who could be people I know (and love), it's a gripping story that doesn't let up. But more than that, Medoff is that rare thing, a novelist brave enough to unleash the complex, strong emotions of which literature is made."
-Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and The Astral
"The incredibly talented Jillian Medoff is one of those authors whose storytelling is so honest it feels more like truth than like fiction. Funny, wrenching, suspenseful, and smart, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE is one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished the last page."
-Lauren Grodstein, author of A Friend of the Family
"How well Jillian Medoff writes about love - familial and romantic - and how deftly she brings her heroine, Eliot, to an almost unbearably suspenseful climax. A deeply satisfying novel."
-Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The House on Fortune Street
"I Couldn't Love You More hits the universal truths, the deepest search for identity, family and belonging. This captivating page-turner draws readers right into the intricacies of the human heart."
-Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise and Crescent
"The witty and (sometimes) wise heroine of I Couldn't Love You More is an unmarried wife, a mother, a step-mother, a daughter, a sister, a would-be lover and she is approaching middle age. Need I say more? Jillian Medoff has written an honest and comic novel that is unflinching and tremendous with love."
-Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
"Incisive, poignant, witty....How can a book be so harrowing and so acidly funny at the same time? I closed this addictive novel with a satisfied sigh."
-Jancee Dunn, author of Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Ask
"A thoroughly involving and intimately real portrait of a blended family in crisis. Jillian Medoff takes you inside the mind of a narrator undergoing life-changing events, and the voice in her head could be yours."
-Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb and Have You Found Her
"Unflinching in its honesty, I Couldn't Love You More is an intimate story of contemporary family love -- with all its maddening and miraculous complexities. Jillian Medoff's writing dazzles the brain, cracks up the funny bone, and breaks open the heart. Her characters are so realistically layered, you'll sometimes want to hug them and sometimes want to shout at them, but you'll never want to forget them."
-Seré Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy