POSTPONED: David Nicholls - Sweet Sorrow (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

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It’s been ten years since One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and five years since Us landed on the Man Booker Prize longlist. Now, David Nicholls is back with what the UK’s Daily Mirror raves is “his best book yet”—Sweet Sorrow, a coming-of-age story about first love told from the perspective of a middle-aged man on the verge of marriage and a fresh start.  Rich with the wisdom that comes with maturity but full of the passionate urgency of youth, it’s a novel that will make readers laugh, cry, and wince with recognition.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. He’s failing his classes. At home he looks after his depressed father—when surely it should be the other way round—and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. But then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope. In order to spend time with Fran, Charlie must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, learned and performed in a theater troupe over the course of a summer. And now thirty-eight-year-old Charlie can’t go to the altar without coming to terms with his relationship with Fran, his friends, and his former self.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a bittersweet and brilliantly funny tale about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.

David Nicholls is the best-selling author of Us, One Day, The Understudy, and Starter for Ten. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages. Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, and he recently won a BAFTA for Patrick Melrose, his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, which also won him an Emmy nomination. He lives in London.

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ISBN: 9780358274278
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 4th, 2020

From the best-selling author of One Day comes a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale about the heart-stopping thrill of first love--and how just one summer can forever change a life.