One of Buzzfeed's Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books
"Set in 19th-century Mallorca, this deeply wild debut follows the unconventional love triangle that unfolds between real-life French novelist George Sand, her lover Frédéric Chopin, and the teenage ghost who died over 400 years earlier and pines after George from afar."
—Cosmopolitan, Best Books of the Summer
"Stevens is brilliant at describing desire."
"Deeply enjoyable, guileful."
"Truly original . . . brilliant."
"A teenage ghost falls in love with a writer who doesn’t know she exists in this playful, otherworldly debut novel."
"A gorgeous, wildly seductive novel, shimmering with intelligence, humor and joy. I adored this book."
—Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger and The Paying Guests
"We know we are curious about the dead, but imagine a life lived so vibrantly as to make the dead curious about us. Nell Stevens brings a reader into the strange and brilliant artistic exile of George Sand, writing this tender story with tremendous heart and daring. Here, reader, are the low-lying truths of love, art and time."
—Samantha Hunt, author of The Unwritten Book and The Dark Dark
“A haunting, dazzling tale of all the good stuff: love, sex, music, literature, death, and what happens after. Nell Stevens is a beautiful writer.”
—Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed
"A luscious, multi-sensory bewitchment of a book — Stevens’ writing rings with wit and surprise."
—Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
"This electrifyingly beautiful, exhilaratingly clever book is Nell Stevens' best to date, and categorically the most gorgeous first novel I've read in years. It's rare that I come across historical fiction so sensual, so original, so intelligent, and so brimming with love."
—Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
"I found myself floored by Nell Stevens' mastery with language, by her deep understanding of the human spirit, by the astonishing freshness of this historical novel. Briefly, A Delicious Life is a shining work of art and Nell Stevens is an original, whose touch is as deft as it is masterful."
—Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory
"A novel of tremulous beauty, sly wit and deep understanding, Briefly, A Delicious Life is an addictive, sunlit delight."
—Stuart Evers, author of The Blind Light
"A luminous, beguiling exploration of creativity and love."
—Alice Albinia, author of Cwen