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How Could She

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How Could She by Lauren Mechling
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Jun 25, 2019 | 320 Pages
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“A modern twist on the ‘just moved to New York’ story by focusing on three women in their mid-thirties, stumbling through their lives while trying to keep up appearances.”
Town & Country (The Must-Read Books of Spring 2019)

“On every long list of summer reads should be a juicy female friendship story. . . . This is the one for 2019. . . . A painfully yet shrewdly relatable story of the trials and tribulations of adulting with friends who are all at different stages in life.”
Women’s Health (Best Beach Reads To Add To Your Summer 2019 Reading List Stat)

“A sharp dissection of the fraught dynamics of 30-something female friendship. . . . [The characters’] relationships to each other are delicate and often painful but also essential to their understanding of their own adult lives. . . . There is a profound and wistful melancholy at [How Could She‘s] core. . . . Emotionally astute; a pleasure.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Mechling’s whip-smart portrait of female friendship is perfect for fans of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. . . . Mechling excavates the layers of envy, support, and respect that fill the cracks of any long-term relationship. With an insider’s view of today’s media landscape, How Could She is a delight.”
Booklist

“Mechling turns a sharp eye on the relationships between women in her first adult novel. . . . [She] is particularly insightful when it comes to the envy and affection that marks friendship. . . . A breezy, entertaining romp.
Publishers Weekly

“Lauren Mechling’s portrait of the ramifications of female friendship is so razor-sharp and accurate I found myself wincing as I read. I know these women; I am these women: flawed, conspiring, neurotic, and loving. Very few writers can entertain and still reveal deep pathos–Mechling has done it flawlessly.”
Stephanie Danler, bestselling author of Sweetbitter

“What a hilarious, devastating, yet humane representation of a gratifyingly specific slice of New York life! How Could She is at once a compulsively readable catalogue of ‘painfully curated’ (Mechling’s phrase) outfits, menus, emails, guest lists, and magazine assignments, a true-and mysterious-feeling portrayal of the way friends’ relative statuses fluctuate over time, and as wise and unforgiving as a nineteenth-century French novel.”
Elif Batuman, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Idiot

“Lauren Mechling’s sophisticated new novel dives right into those stickiest parts of women’s inner lives, their friendships with each other. Mechling’s observations are vivid and fresh, and this book will win her many a fan.”
Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers

“Lauren Mechling’s debut is at once a portrait of three very real women and a wry send up of the times in which we live. Witty but never too wicked, cutting but never too cruel, How Could She is a thoroughly modern comedy of manners.”
Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother

“There doesn’t begin to be enough fiction centered on friendships, especially friendships among women. Profound, radiantly alive, insightful, large-hearted, Lauren Mechling’s How Could She goes a long way toward addressing this. Mechling’s novel is vital reading.”
R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

How Could She is so much sheer fun, such pure joy to read, that it wasn’t until I finished the final page that I fully understood how profound it is. Mechling’s dissection of a three-way female friendship is tender and brutal, lighthearted and fierce, warm-hearted and unsparing, wise and satirical—a triumphant literary debut.”
Kate Christensen, author of The Last Cruise

“A cunning, witty book. How Could She satirizes New York’s cultural elite and tells a brutally honest story about the fluctuations of power between friends; Lauren Mechling is an obvious heir to Nora Ephron.”
Catherine Lacey, author of Certain American States

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