Passion and risk, fathers and daughters, wives and single women, jazz and soul: a provocative debut novel about a diverse cast of women discovering their own voices
“Exceptional… Dark and sexy, freeing and frightening, ecstatic and lonely…. A modern masterpiece.” —Jason Reynolds, best-selling author of Look Both Ways
When Circus Palmer, a forty-year-old Boston-based trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man, learns that the woman who is secretly closest to his heart, the free-spirited drummer Maggie, is pregnant by him, he flees, setting off a chain of interlocking revelations from the various women in his life. Among them, in addition to Maggie, is his ex-wife, Pia, still finding herself after her divorce; Odessa, a stranger battling her own demons who meets Circus on a fateful bus ride; and Koko, his teenage daughter, who idolizes her father but is awakening to her own needs and desires.
Delivering a lush orchestration of diverse female voices, Warrell spins a provocative, soulful, and gripping story in answer to the age-old question: how do we find belonging when love is unrequited?
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