Reviews and Press

(Starred Review) “Debut novelist Haimoff clearly captures the strange, sad time in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and yet she also nails the energetic,funny banter of twentysomethings, the expectations placed on the sons and daughters of the supersuccessful, and the heartache of being young and lost.”

– Booklist

(Starred Review) “Engrossing… Haimoff’s writing resonates with an authenticity and gravitas that books about girls trying to find themselves in the big city often lack. Her details about elite schools and childhood haunts in Manhattan pepper Hailey’s memories in often touching ways. A thoughtful novel for our time.”

– Publisher’s Weekly

“Whether she’s ruthlessly dissecting the mating habits of disaffected urbanites, or evoking the emotional complexity of coming of age in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, Haimoff’s writing is smart, witty, honest, and never anything less than utterly engaging.”

– Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You

“Beware reader: this novel is so addictive, once you start reading, you will have to cancel all of your plans. But you’ll hardly even notice; Michelle Haimoff has such a fresh and inviting voice, and a gift for making characters live, you’ll feel surrounded by friends.”

– Alison Espach, author of The Adults

“Michelle Haimoff has done it: This novel’s brilliance lies not just in Haimoff’s careful plotting, her precise language, her masterful ear for dialogue, the beautiful depth of even her most minor characters, and protagonist Hailey’s hilarious, wonderful voice, but in the way she captures the defining mood of a generation. It reminded me of some of my favorite novels of New York, Bright Lights, Big City, in particular. I will confess: I read it twice. And have not stopped thinking about it since.”

– Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age