Publication Day: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt

Today is the official publication day for Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt–and to celebrate, we’re giving away two copies. Just leave a comment on our blog here or on our Facebook page to enter. And see at bottom of this post to read an excerpt from the book.

Pictures of You is a story about two women running away from their marriages who collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love—and how do we forgive the unforgivable?


Learn more about Leavitt and her fabulous new book on The Nervous Breakdown website. Click here for an interview with Leavitt and here to read and contribute to the open discussion thread.



“Reminiscent of early-career Alice Munro … Most satisfying of all, with Leavitt’s careful steering, even the wildest coincidences in this brooding, beautiful novel sparkle with all the haphazard brilliance of broken glass upon the concrete.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune


“Caroline Leavitt plumbs the depths of grief and forgiveness in the lovely Pictures of You.” Vanity Fair


“Leavitt is superb at revealing the secrecy inside many marriages and the way children grieve … most impressive is how Leavitt deals head-on with well-meaning people who come to realize, too late, that even an imperfect life is irreplaceable.” —O: The Oprah Magazine


“This thoughtful novel brings up a problem all of us have to deal with in the course of our lives, unless we’re lucky enough to sneak through existence without encountering misfortune of any kind … This is a novel that invites us to look at our own imperfections, not the dramatic crimes, but the niggling little sins of omission that so often render our lives tragically undernourished and small.”—Washington Post


“Leavitt’s ambitious narrative examines the various kinds of love—uxorious, romantic, paternal—that can arise from or be transformed by unspeakable grief. These survivors bravely gather the fragments of their lives, which once seemed so safely wrapped up in habits and, it turns out, illusions. Their trials and triumphs remind us that however firmly we seek to root our perceptions in reality, some truths will always elude us in love.”—ELLE


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5 comments on “Publication Day: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt

  1. Wow this book sounds really good! I would love to win a copy. Thanks!!

  2. Beautiful story.
    Wonderfully written characters.
    Made me laugh out loud and cry several times.
    Highly recommended!

  3. This book touched me and left me with mixed feelings. It left me sad and hopeful at the end. I enjoyed the book and it took until the end to understand the paternal love that was there all along and I did not understand it until the end.

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