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If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

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    • Judy Chicurel
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A nostalgic, insightful and poignant story of women's lives in the 1970s. 'Raw, nostalgic, utterly compelling and very, very cool... A mind-blowingly impressive debut' Eva Rice

There are books that stay with you long after you've read them. This is one of those.

Katie has been hanging around Comanche Street for three years and there are still times when it feels like she is watching a movie starring everyone in the world, except her.

Through sun-kissed days by the ocean and hazy nights in drifter bars, through love and death and pain, while the Vietnam war rages distantly and yet disturbingly close, she yearns to belong and never dreams that all the others want is to escape.

Night after night, they wait for something to happen.

It's summer, and anything is possible . . .

A powerful coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Alice Hoffman and Melissa Banks.

* Author interview included
  • Published: Jun 04 2015
  • Pages: 352
  • 198 x 160mm
  • ISBN: 9781472221681
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Press Reviews

    'Tender and brave storytelling'
    'A really wonderful book that will capture your heart and occupy your thoughts'
    Despite the dark sides, If I Knew is gorgeous and thoughtful; a compelling, wonderful look at a particular point in time
    The story hooked me in so I felt the characters' pain and hope
    'A thought-provoking debut novel'
  • NOW
    'This love story set in 70s Long Island is guaranteed to have you gripped'
  • Eva Rice

    Raw, nostalgic, utterly compelling and very, very cool... A mind-blowingly impressive debut
  • Adele Parks

    Beautiful and heart-breaking at once. A mesmerising, compulsive combination
    This book will haunt you long after you've finished
  • Hannah Beckerman
    Beautifully written prose... Rarely do books evoke so viscerally a place, so tangibly a time and such a broad sweep of big themes
  • Observer
    Beautifully evocative
  • Sunday Express
    Chicurel [is] a gifted and versatile writer, and always draws you in
  • The Lady
    Chicurel's novel has its dark moments, but the overriding sentiment is one of acceptance, resilience and the enduring power of friendship. A coming-of-age-tale with a haunting quality 4*