Willa & Hesper

Willa & Hesper

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In WILLA & HESPER, two young women fall in love. When they fall apart, they unwittingly take the same path to heal from their breakup, seeking answers in the lands of their ancestors. From Tbilisi, Georgia to the war sites of Germany, they discover what can break and what can mend when you look to the past to understand your present.

Willa's darkness enters Hesper's light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather's hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather's history-and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twenty-somethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past and the past that can lead her forward.

Told from alternating perspectives and ending in the shadow of Trump's presidency, WILLA & HESPER is a deeply moving, cerebral and timely debut.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 24mm | 260g
  • Grand Central Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1538712555
  • 9781538712559
  • 866,477

Review quote

"A lyrical, timely story about love, heartbreak, and healing. Willa & Hesper explores religion, queerness, what it means to live in today's world in a female body, and the meaning of family in tight, absorbing prose. A beautiful debut by a striking new voice."--Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me
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About Amy Feltman

Amy Feltman graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University in 2016 and now works at Poets & Writers Magazine. An excerpt from "Willa and Hesper" appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and her writing has also appeared in The Believer logger, The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, Lilith Magazine, Slice Magazine and elsewhere. Her short story, "Speculoos," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and was long-listed for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. She lives with her partner in Astoria, NY.
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Rating details

399 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 19% (77)
4 38% (152)
3 30% (120)
2 10% (38)
1 3% (12)
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