Published August 1st
‘Filled with the moments I live for in a story – careful, compelling insights into human nature, the most effortless humour, and the kind of vivid descriptions that reveal exactly how something is’ BONNIE GARMUS, bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry
‘Beautifully imagined, funny and tender ... Ann Patchett leads us with the intelligence, detail, wit and nuance of the greatest chroniclers of human nature and relationships’ RACHEL JOYCE, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
This is a story about Peter Duke who went on to be a famous actor. This is a story about falling in love with Peter Duke who wasn’t famous at all. It’s about falling so wildly in love with him – the way one will at twenty-four – that it felt like jumping off a roof at midnight. There was no way to foresee the mess it would come to in the end. It’s spring and Lara’s three grown daughters have returned to the family orchard. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the one story they’ve always longed to hear – of the film star with whom she shared a stage, and a romance, years before.
Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents lead before their children are born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.