Plus, receive recommendations and exclusive offers on all of your favorite books and authors from Simon & Schuster.
A New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick
“A novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence. It has restored my faith in pretty much everything.” —Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth
In this “frank, bittersweet coming-of-age story that crackles with raw adolescent energy, fresh-cut prose, and a kinetic sense of place” (Entertainment Weekly), a teenaged tomboy explores love, growing up, and New York City in the early 1990s.
New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. Lucy’s inner life is a contradiction. She’s by turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, yet she is in unrequited love with her best friend Percy, the scion of a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist his uppercrust fate.
As Lucy navigates this tentative relationship in all its youthful heartache and prepares for life in the broader world, she begins to question accepted notions of success, bristling against her own hunger for male approval and searching for an authentic way to live and love amid the rapidly changing world of New York City. “As much the portrait of an era as it is the portrait of an adolescence, this is a crossover novel that will thrill readers of all generations” (Colum McCann, bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin).
Providing a vivid snapshot of the city’s youth as they grapple with privilege and the fading of radical hopes, The Falconer paints a captivating portrait of a young woman in the first flush of freedom. “Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye…Get ready to fall in love” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.