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Jen Beagin, author of Big Swiss

Greta lives with her friend, Sabine, in an ancient Dutch farmhouse in Hudson, New York. The house, built in 1737, is unrenovated, uninsulated and full of bees. Greta spends her days transcribing therapy sessions for a sex coach who calls himself Om. She becomes infatuated with his newest client, a repressed married woman she affectionately refers to as Big Swiss. They both have dark histories, but Big Swiss chooses to remain unattached to her suffering while Greta continues to be tortured by her past. One day, Greta recognizes Big Swiss’ voice at the dog park. In a panic, she introduces herself with a fake name, and they quickly become enmeshed. Although Big Swiss is unaware of Greta’s true identity, Greta has never been more herself with anyone.

Week of July 31, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of July 31st include NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC by Kevin Wilson, an exuberant, big-hearted novel about two teenage misfits who spectacularly collide one fateful summer, and the art they make that changes their lives forever; THE HOUSE GUEST, a diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from Hank Phillippi Ryan that will have readers asking which character is the cat and which is the mouse; WHEN WE WERE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Jillian Medoff, an electrifying, twisty and deeply emotional family drama, set on Manhattan’s glittering Upper East Side, that explores the dark side of love, the limits of loyalty and the high cost of truth; Melissa Bond's BLOOD ORANGE NIGHT, a visceral, propulsive memoir detailing a woman’s accidental descent into prescription benzodiazepine dependence and the life-threatening impacts of the drugs’ long-term use; and the paperback original WINE PEOPLE by Michelle Wildgen, an intoxicating escape into the cutthroat world of wine and the complicated terrain of women’s friendship.