A modern, yet timeless love story from a fresh new voice in fiction.
Adelaide Williams is a 20-something American, living in dreamy London. With wonderful friends and fierce ambitions, Adelaide has little interest in finding “The One” right now, but when she meets Rory Hughes on a dating app —a charming Englishman who’s been placed there by fate, she swears— that all changes. All of the sudden, Adelaide finds herself completely in love.
Does he respond to texts? Honor his commitments? Make advanced plans? Sometimes, rarely, and no, not at all. But Adelaide is convinced that if she just tries and fights and loves a little harder, he’ll fall for her as deeply as she’s fallen for him. (He has to… right?) Because it’s clear to Adelaide that their fate was written in the stars. Why else would they have attended that same play last fall, or that Yankees game in 2016? Their paths never crossing until just the right moment.
Their relationship is made all the more complicated when Rory is thrust into a season of unexpected mourning, and soon Adelaide—the ever-supportive Adelaide—begins to fall apart herself, while striving to hold him together.
A millennial love story, Adelaide explores the complexities of grief, the power of friendship, and the nuance of mental health. With unflinching honesty, and zany warmth, this raw, vulnerable novel captures the timeless nature of what it’s like to be young and in love—with your friends, with your city, and with a person who cannot, will not, love you back.
Praise For Adelaide: A Novel…
"Emotional and poignant, Genevieve Wheeler has made a remarkable debut with her fresh, modern voice. I was charmed. Adelaide exposes the raw edges of early adulthood and unrequited love, ultimately showing us that the true magic of life is that it's always worth living.”
–– Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author
"Impossible to put down. I saw myself and all of my past mistakes reflected back at me on every page. Genevieve Wheeler writes with brilliant clarity and specificity. I feel like I’m longtime friends with every one of her characters. I’ve been recommending this book to every one of my female friends who knows what it is to love too quickly and too deeply, with the wrong person. Adelaide is achingly beautiful, and heartbreakingly relatable."
–– Dana Schwartz, New York Times bestselling author of Anatomy, a Love Story
"Adelaide is a fearless portrayal of unrequited love—the kind that thwarts us, flattens us, and ultimately has something to teach us. Wheeler's debut is engrossing and poignant, full of grit and vulnerability. I devoured it."
–– Carola Lovering, author of Too Good to be True
"Sharp-eyed and big-hearted, Adelaide dives headfirst into the tidal pulls of love, friendship, grief, and mental health. Wheeler captures the lively adventures of an American 20-something trying her best in London with dazzling humor and dizzying aplomb. This is a can’t-miss, can’t-put-down debut."
–– Beck Dorey-Stein, New York Times bestselling author of From the Corner of the Oval and Rock the Boat
"Adelaide puts the heartbreak of loving the wrong person and the healing powers of friendship on magnificent display. With whimsical prose and a charming London backdrop, this deeply relatable novel infuses even the most painful moments with hope. I savored every single page of this beautiful book."
–– Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels
St. Martin's Press, 9781250280848, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 18, 2023