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Rules for Saying Goodbye

A Novel

Katherine Taylor

Picador

"Kath is curious," observes her younger brother, Ethan, not without anxiety. She is thirteen; already everyone can see she’s got her eye on bigger things than provincial Fresno can offer. Years in the glamorous chill of an East Coast prep school will introduce her to a razor-sharp sense of social distinction, cocaine "so good it’s pink," and an indispensable best friend—all that she needs to prepare for life in Manhattan. There will be fourteen-dollar cocktails but no money for groceries; unsuitable men of enormous charm, and unsuitable jobs of no charm at all; and a wistful yearning for a transformation from someone of promise into someone of genius.

In this deliciously witty and affecting debut novel, fiction winks at real life: Katherine Taylor is its muddled heroine, and also its author. Written in the tradition of Curtis Sittenfeld and Melissa Bank, with the gorgeous hues of a pile of Gatsby’s shirts, Rules for Saying Goodbye is a bittersweet yet comic coming-of-age tale that has an unerring feel for the delights and malaises of a generation.

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Praise for Rules for Saying Goodbye

"A delightful amuse-esprit--a delicious light morsel of a story that tantalizes and whets the appetite for more."--San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Bursts of brilliant dialogue and description illuminate many already bright scenes from California to Massachusetts to Rome, from teenage through 20-something. Taylor's story moves far and fast and is engaging and entertaining at every point."--The Boston Globe

 

"A finely crafted debut novel."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"Rules for Saying Goodbye is a treat. . . . Reminiscent of Melissa Bank's The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing. Now there are two savvy, witty novels about--we'll go ahead and say it--young women coming of age. You got a problem with that?"--The Daily News (New York)

 

"A delightful debut."--Vogue

 

"Taylor is not only a natural storyteller but a fabulously bitchy wit. Reading her feels like a marathon gossip with one's cleverest, loveliest, and oldest friend."--The Times (London)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Katherine Taylor

  • KATHERINE TAYLOR has won a Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in such journals as Ploughshares. She now lives in Los Angeles.

  • Katherine Taylor Russel Taylor
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Katherine Taylor

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