Next Year, for Sure

Next Year, for Sure

A Novel

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**Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

An unflinching, sage and mesmerizing portrait of an open relationship, Next Year, For Sure defies expectation and heralds the beginning of a bright writing career.

After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another's sentences and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. When Chris tells Kathryn about his attraction to Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the laundromat, Kathryn encourages him to ask her out on a date--certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather whatever may come.
As Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory and often very funny year that follows. When Chris's romance with Emily evolves beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily's communal home, where Kathryn will discover new possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris will be forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love.
Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey Leigh Peterson has written an empathic, beautiful and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385686778
Branch Call Number: FIC Leigh
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm

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I just finished Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Patterson, and the first thing I can say about it is that it’s not like any other romantic story that I have ever read before. The story centres on a couple, Kathryn and Chris, and their attempt in being in an open relationship. (more)


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c_mendiola Jul 25, 2017

A great read in general. Zoey Leigh Peterson successfully captures non-conventional relationships--the ups, downs, and struggles that come with them. Even if the characters (and their situation) isn't something everyone goes through, Peterson's writing makes them all so relatable. By the end of the novel, guaranteed, you will absolutely love at least one character!

A quick read that I enjoyed less for the characters themselves than for the uncharted social space in which they operate. The story has a lumbering feel, but the deft exploration of complex human emotions is worth dedicating a few hours to over your cup of morning coffee.
~Alexa

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