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If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel

If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

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1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life. The boys are all older men, most suffering from the effects of military service in Vietnam. These are bleak times. It is small-town community life, astutely described; a working class Long Island not often portrayed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Books of the Year 2014.


If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel

'Raw, nostalgic, utterly compelling and very, very cool...A mind-blowingly impressive debut' Eva Rice There are books that stay with you long after you've read them. This is one of those. Katie has been hanging around Comanche Street for three years and there are still times when it feels like she is watching a movie starring everyone in the world, except her. Through sun-kissed days by the ocean and hazy nights in drifter bars, through love and death and pain, while the Vietnam war rages distantly and yet disturbingly close, she yearns to belong and never dreams that all the others want is to escape. Night after night, they wait for something to happen. It's summer, and anything is possible ...A powerful coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Alice Hoffman and Melissa Banks.


'A really wonderful book that will capture your heart and occupy your thoughts'
Sunday Mirror

'Raw, nostalgic, utterly compelling and very, very cool ... A mind-blowingly impressive debut' - Eva Rice

'Tender and brave storytelling' GRAZIA

About the Author

Judy Chicurel grew up in Long Beach, Long Island. Her work has appeared in national, regional and international publications including the New York Times, Granta, and Newsday. Her plays have been produced and performed in Manhattan and India. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publication date

4th June 2015


Judy Chicurel

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Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


352 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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