Next Year, for Sure (Hardcover)
This is not your average love story. After nine years of monogamy, Kathryn and Chris decide to open up their relationship. So, it’s not boy meets girl, it’s more: having met girl, boy meets another girl, girl befriends girl, girl meets another boy… and if I go further, we get into spoiler territory. With complex, vulnerable characters and a surprisingly addictive story in which nothing much happens, Next Year, for Sure is an honest look at polyamory not often found in the world of literary fiction. Peterson demands we question the societal norms of love and friendship; she shows us the many different people we can be, depending on our audience. -Emma— From Spring Booknotes 2017
In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love. After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another's sentences, and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. But, as content as they are together, an enduring loneliness continues to haunt the dark corners of their relationship. When Chris tells Kathryn about his feelings for Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the Laundromat, Kathryn encourages her boyfriend to pursue this other woman--certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather a little side dalliance. Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory, and often very funny year that follows. When Chris's romance with Emily evolves beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily's communal home, where Kathryn will discover new possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions, and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris are forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love. Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey Leigh Paterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require.