A Small Indiscretion (Paperback)
Random House Trade, 9780812985429, 352pp.
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - With the emotional complexity of Everything I Never Told You and the psychological suspense of The Girl on the Train, O. Henry Prize winner Jan Ellison delivers a brilliantly paced, beautifully written debut novel about one woman's reckoning with a youthful mistake.
"Part psychological thriller, part character study . . . I peeled back the pages of this book as fast as I could."--The Huffington Post
"Ellison is a tantalizing storyteller . . . moving her story forward with cinematic verve."--USA Today "Rich with suspense . . . Lovely writing guides us through, driven by a quiet generosity."--San Francisco Chronicle (Book Club pick) "Delicious, lazy-day reading. Just don't underestimate the writing."--O: The Oprah Magazine (Editor's Pick) "Rich and detailed . . . The plot explodes delightfully, with suspense and a few twists. Using second-person narration and hypnotic prose, Ellison's debut novel is both juicy and beautifully written. How do I know it's juicy? A stranger started reading it over my shoulder on the New York City subway, and told me he was sorry that I was turning the pages too quickly."--Flavorwire
"Are those wild college days ever really behind you? Happily married Annie finds out."--Cosmopolitan
"An impressive fiction debut . . . both a psychological mystery and a study of the divide between desire and duty."--San Jose Mercury News "A novel to tear through on a plane ride or on the beach . . . I was drawn into a web of secrets, a world of unrequited love and youthful mistakes that feel heightened and more romantic on the cold winter streets of London, Paris, and Ireland."--Bustle "Ellison renders the California landscape with stunning clarity. . . . She writes gracefully, with moments of startling insight. . . . Her first novel is an emotional thriller, skillfully plotted in taut, visual scenes."--The Rumpus
"To read A Small Indiscretion is to eat fudge before dinner: slightly decadent behavior, highly caloric, and extremely satisfying. . . . An emotional detective story that . . . mirrors real life in ways that surprise and inspire."--New York Journal of Books "If you liked Gone Girl for its suspenseful look inside the psychology of a bad marriage, try A Small Indiscretion. . . . It touches many of the same nerves."--StyleCaster
From the Hardcover edition.