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From the author of Love Is the Drug, the wickedly funny, pull-no-punches story of Julia, a hip, young writer whose life is thrown completely out of whack when her free-spirited soul mate decides to free himself from her, leaving her reeling.

Brilliant young writer Sarahbeth Purcell combines witty melodramatics with her own brand of hard-edged, tough-girl cadences in This Is Not a Love Song, a fantastic new novel filled with characters who are idealistic enough for readers to relate to and just cynical enough to respect.

When Julia first met Chase one February day two years ago, she knew something was different. An intelligent, free-spirited artist, Chase was not like the other guys Julia had dated. He was her soul mate. At least for two blissful years. And then, with nothing more than a single note left on a bedside table, he was gone -- following his lifelong search for peace and inspiration on another spontaneous road trip across the country. But this time, he wasn't coming back. Devastated and depressed, Julia turns to her friend Delia, a gorgeous and tortured alcoholic who approaches life with the spirit of a warrior. Through terse phone calls and late-night crying jags, Delia helps Julia navigate her heartbreaking loss.

Hilarious and heart wrenching, This Is Not a Love Song is a story about hope, healing, and that endless search for the truest form of affection -- loving yourself.

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Sarahbeth Purcell is also the author of Love Is the Drug. She was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where she still resides. She is currently at work on her third effort, Somewhere Between Here and There, as well as other multimedia projects. For more info and exclusive pictures, visit her official website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (April 11, 2006)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416523031

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"This Is Not a Love Song is an electrifying novel, reading like it could be sung and strummed from an intimate stage in your favorite bar. Always raw, rhythmic, and true, and unmistakably original." -- Jennifer Paddock, author of A Secret Word

"A wonderfully vivid, fast-paced novel about alcoholism, self-destruction, and music. And, of course, love. Think Chuck Palahniuk's cadence matched with the keen observations of a music-obsessed poet." -- Zoe Trope, author of Please Don't Kill the Freshman

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