The People We Keep by Allison Larkin


  • Author(s): Dr. Allison Larkin.
  • Language: english.
  • Publication date: August 3, 2021.
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ISBN: 978-1-9821-7131-5

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin


In Little River, New York, 1994, April Sawicki finds herself living in a motorless motorhome, a prize won by her father in a poker game. Struggling in school and working at a local diner, she’s left to fend for herself in a town that never quite felt like home. When she impulsively takes her neighbor’s car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life has the potential to be much greater than her humble beginnings. After a heated argument with her father, April decides to leave for good, embarking on a journey to create a life that is uniquely hers.

Driving aimlessly, she eventually finds herself in Ithaca, where her only plan is to survive. As she searches for employment, she discovers a sense of belonging at Cafe Decadence, the local coffee shop. Yet, she can’t shake the nagging feeling that life shouldn’t be this easy. The deeper April falls in love with her newfound friends in Ithaca, the more she fears hurting them as she has been hurt before. As she navigates through life, meeting people who feel like home, she documents her experiences through the songs she writes, realizing that her past doesn’t define who she can become.

This lyrical and luminous tale is a testament to creative resilience and a reminder that even amidst tragedy, blessings can emerge. Prepare to be captivated by this profound exploration of self-discovery and the enduring power of love.

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“I loved everything about The People We Keep, beginning with the narrator, April Sawicki, who is both wise beyond her years and unbelievably naive, to the fact it’s 1994 and no one has a cell phone. Allison Larkin has given us a heroine who is raw and real, a young person capable of breaking your heart one moment and lifting it up the next.” —Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch

"This book is for everyone who has known or has been the tough and troubled outsider in search of their place and their people. It's a story so true and tender-hearted that I want to wrap it in a hug and buy it some soup. Read it! You'll be so glad you did." —Therese Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman

“Raw, surprising and ultimately uplifting, Allison Larkin’s The People We Keep will break your heart a million different ways before putting it back together again.” —Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me and Better Luck Next Time
Publisher: Gallery (August 3, 2021).
Language: ‎ English.
Hardcover: ‎368 pages.
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982171294.
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982171292.

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