Allison Larkin

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The People We Keep

book | Fiction | Aug 2021
US → Simon & Schuster (Ed. Hannah Braaten)

The bestselling author of the “moving, humorous, and utterly absorbing novel” (Christina Baker Kline) Swimming for Sunlight returns with a heart breaking and soul-stirring coming-of-age tale about a young songwriter longing to find a home in the world.

Little River, New York, 1994: April Sawicki is living in a run-down motorhome, flunking out of school, and picking up shifts at the local diner. But when April realizes she’s finally had enough — enough of her selfish, absent father and barely surviving in an unfeeling town — she decides to make a break for it. Stealing a car and with only her music to keep her company, April hits the road, determined to live life on her own terms.

She manages to scrape together a meaningful existence on the road, encountering people and places that grab hold of her heart. From lifelong friendships to tragic heartbreaks, April chronicles her journey in the beautiful music she creates as she discovers that home is with the people you choose to keep.

“Larkin knows her characters so well,” (Rainbow Rowell
) and brings her “tender, and real” (Taylor Jenkins Reid) prose to this unflinching, lyrical tale that is perfect for anyone who has ever yearned for the fierce power of belonging or to understand the profound beauty of a family found along the way.


Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for The People We Keep

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"Hopeful and heartbreaking."


“Intimate, urgent and direct; April's first-person voice is magnetic, compelling… [A] propulsive, empathetic

Shelf Awareness

"An emotionally gripping journey. April had me on the first page and hasn’t let me go yet.” 

Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Fifth Petal

"A story so true and tender-hearted. Read it! You'll be so glad you did."

Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman

“Larkin has given us a heroine who is raw and real, a young person capable of breaking your heart one
moment and lifting it up the next.”

Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant

“In sparkling and unflinching prose, Larkin spins a propulsive story about friendship and intimacy, love and
loss, and the healing power of art. A big-hearted and deeply moving novel.”

Bruce Holsinger, author of The Gifted School

“Raw, surprising and ultimately uplifting. The People We Keep will break your heart a million different ways
before putting it back together again.” 

Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me and Better Luck Next Time

“Raw, emotional, and deeply consuming… the kind of novel that sticks in your soul. Allison Larkin brings
insight and emotion to this tale.” 

Ann Mah, bestselling author of The Lost Vintage

“Larkin has created a memorable character in April, whose journey toward belonging and self-acceptance will resonate with readers. The depiction of the mid-1990s is pitch-perfect and will invoke feelings of nostalgia, especially in Gen Xers who came of age during this era. Fans of Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl will enjoy traveling alongside April.”

Nanette Donohue
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