This Close to Okay

This Close to Okay

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BOOK OF THE MONTH DECEMBER PICK * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BOOK CLUB FEBRUARY PICK * MARIE CLAIRE BOOK CLUB MARCH PICK * MOST ANTICIPATED BY ELLE, TODAY (ACCORDING TO GOODREADS), THE MILLIONS, SHEREADS, AND REAL SIMPLE * RECOMMENDED BY REFINERY29, SHONDALAND, GLAMOUR, ELECTRIC LITERATURE, BOOKRIOT, PARADE, HARPER'S BAZAAR, AND MORE A powerful, vibrant novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers, from the award-winning writer Roxane Gay calls "a consummate storyteller." On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously standing at the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally shares his name: Emmett. Over the course of the emotionally charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe space for Emmett, though she hesitates to confess that this is also her day job. What she doesn't realize is that Emmett isn't the only one who needs healing--and they both are harboring secrets. Alternating between Tallie and Emmett's perspectives as they inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge's edge--as well as the hard truths Tallie has been grappling with since her marriage ended--This Close to Okay is an uplifting, cathartic story about chance encounters, hope found in unlikely moments, and the subtle magic of human connection.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 239 x 30mm | 499g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1538715376
  • 9781538715376
  • 337,997

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"These stories, brief but dense with emotion, will make you feel like you're falling in love--again and again and again. They drop the reader into moments that feel soaked with longing, like strawberries in champagne. Through Cross-Smith's characters, we experience the messiness, the ache, but mostly the glory of female desire."--Amy Bonnaffons, author of The Regrets and The Wrong Heaven (on So We Can Glow)
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About Leesa Cross-Smith

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of Every Kiss A War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow, and This Close To Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at
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7,831 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,982)
4 42% (3,315)
3 24% (1,878)
2 6% (487)
1 2% (169)
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