an essential new voiceGary Praill, writing in Lunate
confident, pleasurableLara Feigel reviews Cold New Climate in The Guardian
I was engrossed from the very start.Katherine Angel, author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again
Clarice Lispector, Jean Rhys, F. Scott Fitzgerald—this is the quality of the company Isobel Wohl is keeping.Toby Litt, author of Patience
a dark and disturbing love story, beautifully crafted and elegantly writtenSam Mills, author of Fragments of my Father
a lithe and ambitious debut, from an exciting new voice.Claire-Louise Bennett, author of POND
nuanced, super-observant, and, perhaps best of all, totally propulsiveWendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home
The world is warming.
Lydia is unsettled in her New York life. She takes herself away to Greece secure in the belief that her much older partner Tom will be there on her return. However, when she comes back, she discovers he’s fallen in love with someone else. Her life now in disarray, Lydia faces a future in which nothing is secure. When she reconnects with Tom’s teenage son Caleb, all three lives are recast in shocking and devastating ways.
All the while we sense that in the world at large there are greater changes happening, changes over which they have even less control.
Isobel Wohl’s precise, brilliant, hyper-observant prose lays bare the ever-changing rules by which we try to conduct our lives, and in its astonishing conclusion, the novel asks us its most profound question: how do we want to live?